Changing jobs landscape for low-educated
While it is safe to expect an increase in jobs overall, OECD (2021) predicts fewer and fewer jobs for low-educated people and strong jobs growth for highly-educated people. This has worrying implications for the inclusion of people in the labour market, deepening economic inequality and preventing socio-economic wellbeing in the long term.
In Latvia, there are many skills in high-demand right now, which are also likely to persist in the future. Skills like quantitative abilities, problem solving skills and reasoning abilities are crucial for the employers of today. Indeed, these skills are usually developed through higher education, however, there are also alternative ways of acquiring these competencies.
On-the-job training and online learning opportunities open up a whole new path for many employees who have not been able to get higher education. Such opportunities allow for decentralised and employer-specific training, which is crucial for achieving effective mass reskilling.
By focusing our efforts on training the low-educated, we can not only help individuals through their job transitions, but also effectively grasp the numerous opportunities the future of jobs will provide.