Education for Jobs

Education for Jobs Initiative

Defining the professional competencies of tomorrow

The “Education for Jobs Initiative” is a multidisciplinary project aimed at understanding the evolution of the professional competencies that companies – which require the professional services of people – will need in the coming years.

Education and the development of professional competencies are essential factors in employment and unemployment, especially among young people. Educational institutions play an important role in this process, but it is companies that define the competencies needed and that take the ultimate decision on hiring.

We believe companies must play a key role in the process of defining competencies and capacities that the educational model must cover to ensure jobs for the future. Companies are the ones that possess the knowledge of the profiles and training they will need in the future.

This initiative is aimed at helping companies define and systemize these future professional competencies and at embarking on a dialogue with educational institutions to improve the quality of educational processes, and, ultimately, the employability of young people.

What competences do companies expect to find in young people?

Education is one of the main factors behind youth unemployment. Our society requires an educational system that is high quality and agile, and capable of responding to the changing needs of companies and society itself. Professional competencies have changed at a much faster pace than the educational system’s ability to respond, which has created a clear gap between the capacities required and the jobs on offer.

The future of work requires understanding the knowledge and capacities that companies will need in the coming years. Companies are ultimately the ones who create jobs and they play a fundamental role in defining the professional competencies that must be developed to guarantee the employability of young people in the future. Workers with lower training levels suffer higher unemployment rates than those with medium levels and, above all, than those with high professional or university-level studies.

Retos empresariales y competencias profesionales necesarias después de la COVID-19: el impacto sobre el empleo juvenil (download the full report)

Jordi Canals Interviews Rosa García, President of Exolum → Watch the interview

Las competencias profesionales del futuro: un diagnóstico y un plan de acción para promover el empleo juvenil después de la COVID-19 (download the full report in Spanish)

Jordi Canals Interviews Tobías Martinez, CEO of Cellnex Watch the interview

El futuro del empleo y las competencias profesionales del futuro: la perspectiva de las empresas (download the full report)

  • Survey: Desarrollo de las competencias profesionales del futuro (download in Spanish)
  • Executive Summary: The Professional Competences of the Future: A Diagnosis and An Action Plan to Promote Youth Employment After Covid-19 (download in English)

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