The World Economic Forum (WEF) Closing the Skills Gap Accelerator Model Initiative is a platform that aims to create multi-stakeholder cooperation at the global and national level for reforms which will be made in education systems and labor policies in order to prepare the workforce for future jobs and to increase their employability by reorganizing the education and training system to eliminate talent and skill deficiencies. It is extremely critical to develop action plans based on local needs in reducing the skills and talent gap caused by the transformation in occupations and existing skill sets and reshaping employment efficiently. Private sector, public, civil society and university representatives should come and work together in order to ensure implementation of these plans in the relevant ecosystem. In mitigating the ability and talent gap caused by the evolution in occupations and current talent sets and reformulating the employment in an efficient manner, it is of vital importance to develop action plans based on local needs and to ensure their implementation by conducting joint studies where the private sector, public, civil society and university representatives come together as the stakeholders of the relevant ecosystem. The accelerator model guides system change and plays an accelerator role not only in institutional structures and policies at different scales, but also in norms and behavior patterns through collaborative actions in order to realize the transformation.
At the 2020 Jobs Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF), with a joint statement made by the Minister of Industry and Technology, the Minister of National Education and the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Turkey announced its decision to participate in the Acceleration Program for Reducing the Skills Gap Initiative. The “Acceleration Program”, developed together with the WEF, aims the acquisition of the skill sets emerging in the “Works of the Future” studies conducted in cooperation with the public-private sector, the design of learning and experience processes that will provide these gains, and the management of change.
In the Skills Gap Reduction Accelerator Program, which is planned to start in 2021 and last for 30 months, under the name of “Skills of the Future”; it is planned to take the picture of the existing situation with detailed studies regrading the transformation of the labor market in Turkey, labor demand and supply; and to realize the skills and competencies needed for the future and employment models at the national level with various applications.In order to reduce the global skill gaps, the accelerator model focuses on four key areas that are aligned with improving economic performance, which has weakened globally with COVID-19.
- Enabling existing employees to acquire new skills, develop their skills and participate in lifelong learning.
- With a proactive approach, to earn individuals who do not have a job someskills in new job fields and to facilitate their re-employment.
- Establishing existing financing models for lifelong learning and developing new skills,
- Ensuring that qualified skill predictions and labor market foresights are made in order to direct decision-making process
In order to produce the necessary solutions in each of the mentioned areas, the factors that prevent or support the realization of the goals in each area will be determined with the contributions of our ministries and all other stakeholders in the ecosystem, and solutions will be produced.