McCrory (again) tries to blame University system for dismal employment numbers

Tilting at the ivory tower:

In his keynote speech Sunday for UNC’s 221st birthday celebration, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said that universities must prepare more students for technology and research jobs that need to be filled right now.

If that doesn’t happen, he said, thriving industries could leave the state:

“To ensure we get a return on our investment – more importantly, to ensure that no more students at any of our universities graduate with a huge debt, and no job comparable to their investment – universities must continue to help decrease the job gap by honing in on skills and subjects employers need while also stimulating a student’s passion and interest.”

McCrory is basing much of this most recent attack against universities on a Q3 Manpower Survey, which is where he got the 36% stat on employers complaining about talent shortages. But that's the Global average; the US is actually at 40%, which tells you McCrory didn't even read the damn survey, somebody just tossed him a percentage to quote. Which also explains why he missed the most important findings of said survey:

ManpowerGroup also asked hiring managers
around the world which strategies, if any, they
are using to overcome talent shortages. (Figure 6)
Just under half (47 percent) of companies that
are addressing talent shortages are doing so by
adopting new people practices including providing
additional training and development to existing
staff. Companies are also utilizing contemporary
recruitment practices and redefining qualifying
criteria to include individuals who lack some
required skills or formal qualifications, but have
the potential to acquire them. (Figure 7).
Twenty-five percent of respondents are searching
for new talent sources, typically by recruiting from
untapped or under-tapped talent pools (such
as youth, older workers, women and military
veterans). Others are appointing people who
don’t currently have all of the needed technical
skills, but who have the potential to learn and
grow. Some respondents are partnering with
educational institutions to ensure that courses
align with their talent needs. (Figure 8)
Twenty-three percent of respondents with talent
shortages are preparing to adopt alternative work
models. One in 10 have increased their focus
on their talent pipeline. Other employers are
redesigning existing work procedures, offering
flexible or virtual work arrangements or leveraging
contingent workers. (Figure 9)

That's right, most of the efforts to overcome this problem are focused within the companies themselves, by taking approaches I've mentioned here several times in the past. On-the-job training, cross-training, and breaking away from previous narrowly-focused hiring practices that left out young, old, women, etc. If you'll scroll down to Figure 8, there are two stats that completely undermine McCrory's assessment of the situation:

Partnering With Educational Institutions to Create
Curriculum Aligned to My Talent Needs = 8%

Considering New Ofces or Building Out Existing
Facilities in Areas Where the Talent Is = 1%

Only one percent of global respondents said they were even "considering" moving to where the talent is. Yet our Governor stood up on a podium and warned the UNC gathering this was a very real threat, and they would be partially responsible when it came to pass.

The real threat to our economy is a leader who doesn't understand the threats to our economy.



Education, schmeducation

Universities aren't for learning, they are factories to churn out workers for corporate America. So says Pathetic Pat. Once again, he doesn't cite any of "these companies" who keep telling him how they just can't find workers with the right skills, but if they could, boy, they'd be hiring bajillions of people like, tomorrow!

It is really scary how so many people blindly accept the GOP's position that government exists to serve corporations.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

How sad is it that a man with

How sad is it that a man with a college degree does not really understand the value of education?

It seems as if the companies mentioned above are re-learning the past. Companies used to hire people with potential and train them to do the job. Then, realizing that training costs came off their bottom line, gave it up, expecting new hires to walk in the door ready to hit the ground running, all trained up at someone else's expense.
I'm sure that computer programs that scan resumes for key words and threw out all those applicants that did not have them also played a role.

Somehow we have lost track of a college education as a means of broadening the individual's understanding and awareness of the world as a whole, and thus allowing for better 'critical thinking' and decision making skills. We keep hearing that businesses want critical thinking skills…. we have to wonder which skills do they want most? Critical thinking or a particular tech skill??

I think it's a generational problem

Many of the CEOs and HR officers of today got their start during the late 1980's through the 1990's. For the most part, this was the era of "specialization." One skill per employee, supposedly highly-developed, was the approach that managers took to fill individual "slots" in the structure of the company. Not unlike the military's Table of Organization and Equipment" (TOE).

So now they're in charge, and many simply cannot adapt to a more fluid workforce, where having employees with multiple skills is the best way to navigate troubled economic waters, and get to the other side with some change (small profits) in your pocket. Unfortunately, many of these dinosaurs will take their companies down with them before they recognize the need to do things differently.

And you're right, back in the day we did things a lot smarter. You actually interviewed for each job, instead of hoping your resume or your answers in an online application weren't discarded by a hiring bot.