The rapidly changing nature of technology makes it difficult for candidates to keep pace with employers’ job requirements. Essentially, schools can’t teach students technologies that don’t yet exist. When employers expect proficiency in newer technologies, in addition to years of work experience, they are often left disappointed.
In the latest study conducted by Bayt.com, titled The Middle East Skills Report, 65% of employers at the regional level believe there is a skills gap in the market. According to a recent survey conducted by the Khaleejtimes, about 49% of respondents across the UAE believe there is a skills gap in the market. Additionally, 26% of job seekers in the Middle East felt the educational system doesn’t train students on skills which are relevant in today’s marketplace.
What can employers do to bridge the skills gap across the UAE? Here are some steps your organisation may take to reduce your number of unfilled positions.
Build Relationships with Educational Institutions
Cultivating relationships with local schools, including technical colleges and universities, is essential to closing the skills gap in your company. Establishing an open dialogue with schools reduces the burden on employers to train new hires. When instructors have a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge their students will need to obtain employment, they can sharpen their curricula to meet these requirements. A strong educator-employer rapport will also help to pave the path for future student apprenticeships.
Evaluate Hiring Criteria.
Sometimes, the potential of a candidate is worth more than a specific degree, experience or training. By focusing on intangible qualities such as willingness to learn, dedication, and adaptability, employers may discover highly competent candidates who will exceed the job requirements with a little on the job training.
Training and Development Programs
The strongest candidates do not always possess all of the experience and skills their employer requires. By investing in new hires and practicing a broader approach to scouting candidates, businesses can narrow the skills gap and enjoy the competitive advantage of having a talented workforce.
Training employees is an investment, but it’s an investment which companies are likely to experience a positive return. Employer-directed training programs allow companies to mold their new hires to meet specific organisational needs. Onsite training allows companies to teach new employees the latest innovative technologies. Additionally, training and development opportunities promote employee engagement within the organization, increasing productivity and loyalty.
The right innovative HR solutions can help you on your path to bridging the skills gap within your company. MenaHR® is MenaITech’s flagship HCIS and is the most comprehensive and powerful localized HR platform. Designed specifically for HR departments to improve efficiency, MenaHR® also increases employee and managerial productivity.
Our full-suite system covers all core HR functions and extends to training and development and much more, to include:
- Personnel information management
- Organization structures and charts
- Competency-based models
- Training and development dashboard
- Career path planning
- Succession planning
- Appraisal management
- Recruitment management
- Internal policies and procedures
- Talent management
- And much more
If you’re interested in empowering your employees and HR managers with the tools they need to thrive, we’d love to help. Contact a member of our team to learn more.
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