Your ideas to solve technical skills shortages?
Posted by Bert Maes on February 21, 2011
The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the US may face a shortfall of almost two million technical and analytical workers and a shortage of several hundred thousand nurses and as many as 100,000 physicians over the next ten years.
In aerospace, 60 percent of the workforce is aged over 45 years old compared with 40 percent in the overall economy.
We could alleviate such shortages, according to MGI, by
- removing barriers to older workers staying in the workforce longer (e.g., altering disincentives in how health care costs for older workers are allocated; addressing defined benefit rules);
- improving incentives to technical and analytical training (for example through innovative funding mechanisms and direct links between jobs and educational institutions);
- and reducing barriers to the immigration of skilled workers.
Dear reader: have you got more ideas?