Training Magazine Middle East March 2015 - Page 12

Nearly Half Of Young People Don’t Believe They Are Being Taught The Skills For The Future


New figures find nearly fifty percent (48%) of young people believe they are not being taught the skills employers will be looking for in entry level candidates in the future. The latest research from LifeSkills created with Barclays used the findings of the Future Work Skills 2020 report, which identified the skills employers would look for in entry level recruits over the next decade. The LifeSkills Barometer – a biannual survey conducted by LifeSkills created with Barclays – then asked 2,000 young people and their parents to select the skills they believed would be most important to businesses in the next ten years, and if they were being taught them.

The young people surveyed and their parents were united in their belief that the top three skills required by employers in the next decade will be: ‘IT skills’ (47%), ‘problem solving and spotting mistakes’ (43% and 46% respectively), and ‘working with people from different generations and backgrounds’ (43% and 50% respectively).

In contrast, the skills businesses say will be most important in entry level candidates in ten-years time will be:

• Ability to reason and prioritise

• Ability to work effectively in large teams

• Ability to solve problems and spot mistakes

• Ability to work with people of different

generations and backgrounds

• Ability to understand complex data

According to the LifeSkills Barometer, the majority of young people did not recognise how important these skills would be to businesses in the future. Two thirds of young people (66%) didn’t know that prioritising workloads, having skills in a broad range of subjects (66%) or working in large teams (65%) would be required by employers in the next decade.

DHL Express Certified as a Top Employer 2015 In North America and Latin America

DHL Express has been certified as a Top Employer in North America and Latin America 2015. At the global level, the company garnered Global Top Employer award, a distinction that recognizes the company’s commitment to support and develop its employees worldwide.

In the Americas region, six countries received the certification: the United States, Barbados, Brazil, Curacao, Jamaica and Mexico.

The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognizes leading employers around the world based on several areas: providing excellent employee conditions, nurturing and developing talent throughout all levels of the organization, and striving to continuously optimize employment practices.

DHL Express also received Top Employer certifications in other regions of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Overall, 32 countries were granted certifications.

DHL programs the Top Employers Institute considered upon assessing the company included talent strategies, leadership development, workforce planning and performance management.

“To be recognized as a Top Employer is an outstanding honor that acknowledges DHL’s complete dedication to its employees,” said Stephen Fenwick, CEO, DHL Express Americas. “Our company is fully vested in maximizing the potential talent of our employees. We believe that by motivating people, by providing them with the tools and support to fully develop their skills, we are nurturing an exceptional workforce. It is our people who make the difference in our company.”