China moves to improve worker skills

Employee skill sets are top of mind as demand for digital capabilities increases. The gap between what companies need and what employees have to offer is an issue everywhere, but especially so in China, where over 7 million graduates are entering the workforce this year—many without the skills they need, according to Reuters.

The Chinese government is planning to restructure the education system to address these gaps; by replacing liberal arts courses with technology-focused curriculum, universities hope to produce graduates more suited for today’s workforce. The government is also changing a key college entrance exam, adding a technical section alongside the academic section in the hopes of increasing attendance at vocational schools.

China’s focus on addressing the systemic issues in skills gaps points to the economic impact of a strong, skilled workforce, and the massive effort required to develop it.

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