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Sep 13

Companies urged to offer more training to address skills imbalance

Published by Ralph Moody

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The gap between over-qualified migrants and under-qualified ethnic minorities needs to be closed, according to Cedefop.

The gap between over-qualified migrants and under-qualified ethnic minorities needs to be closed, according to Cedefop.

The European agency for vocational education and training has just released a report focusing on the difficulties of migrants to the EU who are forced to take jobs below their skill level and ethnic minority EU residents who are under-qualified for certain jobs.

It is calling for more employers to offer more on-the-job training to help both groups and to "create a workplace which makes better use of the workers' skills".

One of the main problems highlighted was the ability to transfer skills and qualifications acquired in the country of origin. While qualifications acquired in other EU member states are approved, people holding non-EU qualifications still face problems.

According to Cedefop, ways of bridging the gap could be to set common standards for third-country qualifications, improve access to employment, and encourage more companies to offer more opportunities for on-the-job training. In addition, guidance and counseling at employment services can help migrants and minorities generate better job applications and generally plan their careers more successfully.

Jasper Van Loo, senior expert at Cedefop backed the statement in the report. "Companies and employers can help to do their bit in terms of training because I think this is lacking at the moment -they need to create a workplace which makes better use of the workers skills, whether they are overeducated or undereducated.

"Furthermore, I believe better company-based training would be of great benefit. Language training is included in this as this is often one of the most typical barriers for migrants and ethnic minorities," he told Training Journal.

Taken from the Training Journal and written by Seun Robert-Edomi

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