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Why Pre-Skilling, Not Reskilling, Is The Secret To Better Employment Pipelines

To help build adaptability and resilience into their workforce, more organizations are prioritizing job candidates who show the ability to learn over time.

Companies Care More About Skills Than Degrees

According to LinkedIn data shared with CNBC Make It, 45% of companies are now explicitly using skills-related metrics to find candidates, 12% more than a year ago.

How to Address the Skills Gap

The United States is facing a growing skills gap that threatens the nation’s long-term economic prosperity. The workforce simply does not have enough workers and skilled candidates to fill an ever-increasing number of high-skill jobs. Because a high-quality workforce is the most important determinant of business success, challenges related to hiring the best people have a direct influence on an organization’s competitiveness today and in the future.

The skills gap is so big that nearly half of workers will need to retrain this decade

The skills gap is so big that it’s one of the main barriers preventing companies from modernizing their business model, companies told WEF. There’s clearly a need for training and reskilling; to keep up with the fast-shifting landscape, WEF finds, nearly half (44%) of an individual worker’s skills need to be updated.

Rekindling US productivity for a new era

In October 2022, there were 10.3 million job openings according to the Census Bureau, but many business leaders complain of not being able to find qualified workers. At the same time, labor force participation rates have fallen to 62 percent from a high of 67 percent in the late 1990s, as workers are unable or unwilling to find work that matches their skills.

5 ways a ‘skills-first’ approach unlocks access to future jobs

For employers, a skills-first approach creates a significantly more robust talent pipeline and helps to address skills shortages.

Job interviews are a nightmare — and only getting worse

Employers are constantly finding new hoops for candidates to jump through.

Early career talent is trainable, eager and loyal

Tapping into early career talent can help companies fill positions faster

The skills-based organization: A new operating model for work

Skills based organizations are 107% more likely to effectively place talent

7 in-demand entry-level skills and traits

Employers know that entry-level applicants won’t have as much experience. The development of AI and automation means that softer skills—those that make us distinctly human—are increasingly important and highly valued

Additional Recommendations from McKinsey

Prepare for the future war for talent:
  • Rethink hiring to reduce focus on credentials and instead value experience.
  • Invest in on-the-job training and rotation programs that build your talent bench.
  • Expand policies on childcare, elder care, and parental leave to retain top talent.
  • Partner with public- and social-sector organizations to reskill workers at scale.
  Accelerate business reinvention:
  • Commit to your digital transformation with bold goals and shared accountability.
  • Complement technology investments with R&D, brands, and other intangibles to reimagine core business operations.
  • Retool your organization to build the capacity and flexibility for reinvention.
  • Invest in technology-ready talent at all levels to lead and deliver the change.

Source: McKinsey Global Institute, February 2023