DIGITAL BADGES: THE WAY TO COPE WITH AN EVER-CHANGING LABOR MARKET
Bridging employers and educational institutions is already a long-established approach of making new highways for future professionals after completing an educational venture to discover a new prospective career path.
Through the years, the constant shift of the labor market implies serious problems among the two subjects.
THE SKILLS GAP
Employers were whining about their employees’ lack of available talent, resulting to numerous unfilled job positions. They are much particular about the employee’s talent and skill, on how they perform their task based in their acquired competencies, skills, and abilities.
This certain “talent” simply emphasizes, the employee’s expertise in performing the job on how he/she could manage to accomplish their job proficiently and excellently.
This particular gap raised serious problems among the business and the education sector.
Jason Tyszko, Executive Director for the Center for Education Workforce of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation said, over half of their employers are actually struggling to fill open vacancies and those vacancies are staying opened for longer periods of time than ever before.
Tyszko added, nearly 40% of companies were unable to take on new business with the leading reason being that they have no human capital to do so, skills gap isn't just about filling jobs, it's about powering economic growth that is started to be viewed as a real business problem, that requires a business solution.
Brenda M. Perea, Director of Educational & Workforce Solutions at Credly, Inc., who helped lead a program in the State of Colorado across the Colorado Community College System which brought employers together with the 13 community colleges to better align the signals between employers and institutions recounted that, they were already hearing about the skills gap before, in 2012 there were 15,000 unfilled advanced manufacturing jobs in the state, and the issue was actually impacting the economy itself.
This is serious communications problem that held the different groups within the labor market. In this matter, communication is deemed ineffective, for the message sent by the speaker or sender is not what is understood by the recipient.
Different stake holders in today's labor market are using different means of communicating.
As with few examples, communication language varies among different personas, each with a different medium:
> Educators are giving diplomas or certificates or maybe course transcripts with abbreviated course titles
> Employees are self-reporting on what they know, resumes or Cvs or professional profiles
> Employers are writing job descriptions that approximately what they think it is, they're looking for, better often recycled descriptions for jobs that may not exactly aligned with the talent they want to seek.
In the past, employees were the main concern on how to keep them engaged. But as of today’s scene, the line of the attack fundamentally shifted.
Validation of skills is a bit critical, there should be a marked-up language to make the communication between the employer and the employee a lot easier. So, better solutions have been made to resolve the underlining problem.
Introduction of digital badges/digital credentials enables employees transparent with their verified competencies skills and abilities to their prospective employers, and does agreed by different sector ambassadors.
According to Dr. Kemi Jona, Assciate Dean in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and Founding Director at Lowell Institute School, digital credentials connects the employer side to the individual side.
Perea on her side said, employers could actually see the employee’s kind of competencies, skills and abilities and in what mastery level these skills were at.
She further added, earners, learners and students were then empowered to talk about their skills and abilities in a language employers understood, because the students earned those badges, they weren't given to the students, they were earned, for the students knew exactly what it took to earn that badge, and what it associate with skills and mastery it was.
ERUDITE NURSING INSTITUTE™’S PARTNERING WITH SECTORS FOR SUCCESS
In connection to this innovation, Erudite Nursing Institute™ enables prospective professionals to have a steady career growth aligning technology advancements. With the constant shift in the labor market, Erudite Nursing Institute™ believes that nursing is a stable and well-established career considering the following: it pays a stable salary, it is the fastest growing profession in the U.S, as well as accommodates many work environments etc. Additionally, nursing, compared to other careers is a stable job especially when it comes to skills. For instance, an IT professional’s skillset needs to be updated as the technology evolves whereas nursing needs otherwise. The Institute, together with different sectors particularly, government, learning and employment institutions support one another in producing better, well-skilled professionals to advance in their career as well as achieve better career growth.
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