HRM Professionals Must Address the Skills Gap

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Skills Gap
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A principal in The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in New Jersey, Steven Darien draws on more than three decades of experience in human resources consulting. Steven Darien most recently served as the head of human resources at Merck & Co., Inc., where he played a central role in all HR activities at the company.

In today’s workplace, human resources departments consistently struggle to find high school and college graduates who are fully prepared for the workplace. Business and technology tend to transform rapidly, making it difficult to find candidates whose skills match the exact needs of the company.

To address the so-called “skills gap,” companies can work closely with learning institutions to develop specific skills. Companies can perform community outreach to younger students and their parents, teaching them about the importance of technical and middle-skill jobs. Coalitions of employers can work together to introduce groups of students to the workplace and explain what it means to work there.

From a talent development perspective, many companies offer internship or apprenticeship programs prior to making an offer of full employment. Workforce development initiatives such as participating in a local development board may also have a considerable impact.

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