From the Eurobarometer report on Employers’ perception of graduate employability I learned that “Large companies, public organizations, and those in the non-public services sector were more likely to estimate that more than a fifth of their employees were higher education graduates” (Eurobarometer). Although companies hired graduates from a wide variety of majors, the majors that where hired the most seemed to be business, economic studies, and engineering. The most important skill that recruiters looked for when hiring graduates was the ability to work in a team, and computer literacy. Graduate recruiters also highlighted the importance of team-working, communication skills, being able to adapt to new situations, first-class ability in reading/writing, and analytical and problem solving skills. “Graduate recruiters in the industry sector were most likely to highlight the importance of foreign language skills when recruiting higher education graduates” (Eurobarometer). The most important skills and capabilities selected by employers for future graduates to have are sector-specific skills, and good numeracy. “A large majority (89%) of employers – who had recruited higher education graduates in the past five years – agreed that these graduates had the skills required to work in their company”(Eurobarometer). Graduate recruiters who’s companies had international contacts highlighted the capability of speaking a foreign language as there highest value. Graduate recruiters in larger companies said that graduates with Master degrees would best match the skills and requirements of there company, while recruiters in medium sized companies answered that graduates with Bachelor’s degrees would be a better fit.
What I learned from reading The availability of skilled workers in CT is that the availability of qualified workers is one of the top challenges confronting employers in CT. “Employers say they simply cannot find enough skilled workers and is a challenge that is certain to become increasingly significant in coming years”(Skilled Workers). 82% of businesses say that their company has experienced difficulty in finding qualified workers within their industry. Businesses blamed the high cost of living in the state and housing affordability as the reasons for the shortage of skilled workers. The employee skill sets that are most in demand are technical/ manufacturing related skills, communication, leadership, teamwork, positive work ethic and punctuality. Employers typically recruit individuals employed within their industry. “Sixty-four percent of businesses surveyed said they seek out qualified candidates in underutilized labor pools, including veterans, persons with disabilities and workers age 55 or older” (Skilled Workers). A quality education is something that is highlighted by the fact that half of employers require at least a high school degree for the majority of new hires, and 18% require at least a bachelor’s degree. “Connecticut’s business community is eager to work with educators and policymakers in addressing the state’s shortage of qualified workers. They recognize the need for improved educational opportunities for Connecticut’s students as well as affordable living and housing for the state’s young, educated workers. They are taking measures to remain competitive so that the state’s economy can continue to grow” (Skilled Workers).
What I learned from reading CT’s Manufacturing Workforce is that manufacturing businesses indicated the educational institutions that they where most likely to hire employees from and they where graduates from CT technical high schools, 44% from traditional high schools, 30% from community colleges, and 31% from state universities. ” Satisfaction with graduates of traditional versus technical high schools varies considerably, with 61% of manufacturers satisfied or highly satisfied with technical high school graduates compared to only 28% satisfied with traditional high school graduates” (Workforce). Higher education is delivering graduates who are meeting the needs of the state’s manufacturing businesses. Connecticut manufacturers expressed concerns about finding and attracting skilled labor. The top five most difficult positions to fill were CNC programmers, tool and die makers, CNC machinists, CAD/CAM technicians, and engineers. The top tech. skills that employers search for in order for their companies to remain competitive are critical thinking/problem solving, blueprint reading, quality assurance, CNC machining, CNC programming, and CAD/CAM. “When it comes to the skill sets of existing employees, 39% of manufacturing businesses said entry-level employees lacked skills such as punctuality and work ethic, while another 34% cited a lack of basic skills such as math and reading. An additional 31% reported a lack of technical skills, and 23% cited advanced skills (Problem-solving, scientific, and computer) as most deficient among their entry level employees” (Workforce). To addressee some of the skill deficiencies, 54% of manufacturing businesses are offering on-the-job training to their entry-level employees.