Magazine article HRMagazine

Debate over the STEM Workforce

Magazine article HRMagazine

Debate over the STEM Workforce

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I read "Seeding STEM Growth" (May) on the STEM workforce with interest. The question of whether there is a technical skills gap is a complex one. If employers complain that there is a shortage of talent, it may be because candidates' skills are not adequate, which may relate to their education, experience and whether they possess certain "soft" skills, such as the ability to work in a team, solve problems and be flexible. This, in turn, may depend on the distance-often considerable- between the business world and our education system. It is therefore impor- tant to work on both fronts, and for people to alternate between study and work.

In today's competitive world, it is more important than ever to enable young people to choose the path that will open up their future career. Busi- ness skills need to be taught in school so that young people can make informed choices in education and acquire the necessary experience to enter a world of increasingly specialized work.

In addition, immigrants have high human capital. …

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