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Meet A Presenter: YP2G

Education is extremely important. Here at Global Learn Day, we work to promote education for all. We firmly believe in access to education and the importance of lifelong education.

However, what happens when education isn’t enough to land a career. What happens when highly educated graduates do not have what it takes to get the job that they need and want?

Neville Gaunt and his crew at YP2G (short for Your Passport to Grow) are working to close the skills gap in a surprising way. Their mission is to give youth a “can do” attitude and boost their soft skills.  These skills are not the ones taught by academic courses of study, but are essential to success in real world careers.yp2g

In fact, employers favor candidates who excel in these skills above those with higher levels of education and training.  Modern education focuses primarily on measurable skills and demonstration of knowledge. This approach is not producing career ready individuals, though.

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According to an article in Forbes which featured the YP2G project:

In a study of 1,000 employers, recruitment company Reed reported that 96 percent would choose a candidate with a great attitude over a candidate with higher skills. Likewise, if forced to make a reduction in force, they would let a more skilled worker go in favor of a candidate with positive attitude traits and named the top six essential attitude qualities as “commitment, honesty, trustworthiness, adaptability, accountability, and loyalty.”

Through a revolutionary, online program, YP2G is changing the lives of young people in the course of a single year with lessons that develop the following skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Self motivation
  • Work under pressure and deadlines
  • Organizational skills
  • Team work
  • Ability to learn and adapt
  • Numeracy
  • Valuing diversity and difference
  • Negotiation

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Neville Gaunt explains why he began this program, “As a School Governor in the U.K. in 2003, I’ve seen a huge disconnect between education and business,” he says. “In the mid 1990s as I worked in oil and gas, I noticed graduates around the world were far less prepared for work than when I graduated in 1980.” (source)

The preparedness, or lack there of, was not from inferior academic programs, but from lack of personal development. Students are being given rigorous academics with a focus on STEM without developing the kind of character traits that are needed for a successful career.

Beginning in Pakistan, YP2G has spread to select universities in England and has its sights on growth in the United States where a skills gap is widening.

With the help of successful consultants from around the world, YP2G provides a highly affordable opportunity for youth to develop and attitude for career success.  Consultants range from corporate executives to ivy league professors.  All are committed to building a better future through better prepared youth.

We are thankful to have the YP2G project aboard. Thank you for helping to change the world!

Do you have something to share with the world? Want to reach people around the world with your special talent or skill set? Global Learn Day is actively seeking presenters to round out our “itinerary” for our October 6, 2018 virtual voyage.

What soft skill has changed the course of your life for the better?

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The Skills Gap and Real Education

There is a debate going on that is not easily settled. Does the skills gap exist? If it does, why? How do we close it?

Opponents blame the recession for high unemployment rates and say there is no skills gap, just no jobs. On the other hand, analysts, journalists, business executives, and employment specialists say the gap is real and it is growing.  Which side is correct?

 

The Gap or Not The Gap, That’s Not The Question

Regardless of the actual gap, the answer to all of the questions is education.  Real education, not just the years spent in a school.  Education is a bridge to a brighter future for everyone.  It should not be limited to check lists and basic requirements.  Wherever you are on the learning continuum, there is always more to learn.

This is why at Global Learn Day, we emphasize and promote lifelong learning and endless, self education.  How can these principles solve the skills gap? Let’s explore three reasons.

Adult Education and Essential Skills

Basic skills like reading, writing, and computation are foundational to the educational process.  Yet, millions of prospective employees lack these cornerstone, building blocks.  In the United States alone, 36 million adults of working age are not proficient in language usage, fluent reading, and everyday math.

Without these skills, not only will the search for employment be difficult, but acquiring new skills is nearly impossible. A base of knowledge must be laid in order to build a lifetime of learning.  This is a skills gap that plagues every corner of the world.  In countries with mandatory, universal education, it should be a wake up call that our methods must change in order to reach and teach every student.

Adult education does not address the cause of this gap, but effectively treats the symptoms of it.  Investing in adult education creates a ripple effect that allows for better opportunities for the adult learner, as well as greater hope for future generations. Low income children who have at least one parent who has earned a G.E.D, are more likely to finish high school themselves.

Education begets education. Learning inspires more learning. By building up one segment of the population that is underserved and underskilled, the entire society is boosted and inspired to work harder.  So, providing adult education to close the basic skills gap will help ensure that gap continues to lessen in the future generations.

Continuing Education in Corporate Culture

Gone are the days of learning a finite skills set, earning a degree or diploma, and finding a lifelong career in one organization. The information age has ushered in a wave of advancing technology that continues to evolve and develop. What was top last year or even last month has now been replaced by a new software or operating system.

Basic education and higher education are still so vitally important, but in order for workers and employers to compete in this brave new world, continuing education must be a central tenet of how they do business.

Corporate learning retreat, incentives for continuing education classes, and encouragement for passive learning among employees are the hallmarks of what will not only close the skills gap in growing fields but also keep companies afloat in these volatile economic waters.

Continuing education is not just a buzz word, nor a race to a higher salary, for every employee it must be a way of life.

The Ben Franklin Way–Self Education

In locations where education is mandatory and universal, there is a tendency to equate education with school. However, these are two very different concepts.  Schools may be where you get educated, however an education is not exclusive to school.

Like the rest of the world, schools are struggling to keep up with the pace of the digital age.  Even the best schools are not adequate in providing all of the skills a person would need by the time he enters the workforce or looks to advance his career. This is because the skills that will be needed at that time are for platforms that do not exist today.

The push to include subjects like coding in school is part of a movement to prepare students for a future that we cannot even imagine right now. However, even these efforts will not insulate the next generation from a skills gap of their own.

Self education is the answer to the skills crisis. It has always been the answer. No matter what education you are lacking, individual study and pursuit of knowledge is what propels the motivated forward.

Like our patron, Benjamin Franklin, Global Learn Day recognizes and celebrates the on going efforts of self education.  In an age where skills are demanded but not being formally taught, adopting a habit of independent study apart for certificates, degrees, or pay incentives to be earned will provide much greater opportunity than any corporate education structure or formal education.

The skill to self educate is the the greatest skill to acquire. Those able to stay ahead of the curve, learn new technologies, and be flexible in how common procedures are done will be the ones to achieve and succeed.

How will you close your own skills gap today?

For more information on where to continue your own education, check out these posts:
Education: The Gift You Give Yourself
The Fun of Self Education
When Should Education End?
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