What has TESDA been doing all these years? That question was first in everyone’s mind when President Duterte talked about a shortage of skilled workers. The role of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is to produce not only able but also apt workers. That is, it must train workers well – in skills that are in demand, to direct trainees into those fields. Duterte rued that lack of master electricians, master carpenters, and master plumbers is delaying “Build, Build, Build” projects. Most such craftsmen no longer are in the Philippines but in the Middle East, he noted. Meaning, the best construction workers are in well-paying jobs overseas, thanks to experience and probably TESDA training. Yet the infrastructure boom there is over and has shifted to maintenance. Employment of builders has tapered off. Most have returned and retired early, raising ducks or running tricycle fleets. TESDA has not churned out second-liners to take over vacancies … [Read more...] about Filipinos untrained, unaware of skills most in demand
Trade jobs in demand
SINGAPORE - Singapore hiring is likely to see stable growth in 2019, with top jobs in demand to be analytical and data-driven in nature, according to the latest annual salary survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters. These include data scientists, product management, user experience (UX) designers, and digital roles, with cyber security to remain a major focus, in the wake of recent high-profile cyber attacks in Singapore. The report also found that job movers in Singapore can expect pay increments of 5 per cent to 15 per cent in 2019, and larger hikes can be expected for candidates with specialised skill sets in IT, digital and financial services. Among employers, human resource (HR) professionals with strong experience in HR technologies, as well as talent acquisition professionals for the technology sector will be sought after. Hiring levels for jobs in financial services will also remain positive, with a continued focus on technical and commercial skill sets. Demand will be high … [Read more...] about What will be Singapore’s most in-demand jobs for 2019?
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Sat., Oct. 20, 2018 Annemarie Shrouder looked out over the sea of white, middle-aged male faces gathered at the convention of Ontario’s building and construction trade unions, and stated the obvious. “I don’t see a lot of visible minorities or women,” the Toronto-based diversity and inclusion expert told almost 300 delegates and guests at the meeting in Niagara Falls this month. With more than 100,000 skilled trades people in Ontario set to retire over the next decade, “getting people into the trades is only part of the equation,” she noted. “The more important part is making sure the people you have, and those who will arrive, feel safe, are seen and stay.” Shrouder’s keynote address comes at a time when a union-sponsored pre-apprenticeship program has come under scrutiny from both the City of Toronto and the province for allegations of abusive behaviour and … [Read more...] about Construction ‘boot camp’ led to coveted trades jobs. But according to city documents, some say it came at the cost of racial taunts and humiliation
WASHINGTON: Employment in the world's largest economy continued its brisk pace in June but the unemployment rate jumped as more people joined the job hunt, according to a government report on Friday (Jul 7).The US added 213,000 new jobs for the month, well above analyst expectations, but the jobless rate rose 0.2 points to four per cent, erasing the improvement in May and April.Yet another month of robust job creation showed that, despite complaints from companies nationwide about the worsening labour shortage, there remained untapped pockets of idled workers at last able to reenter the jobs market after nearly a decade of economic recovery.As unemployment rose, the closely watched labor force participation rate also edged higher to 62.9 per cent, while the number of people counted as unemployed rose to 6.6 million people, up nearly a half million.In another sign of vigorous demand for labor, the results for April and May were revised higher by a total of 37,000 new jobs, bringing the … [Read more...] about US adds 213,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate jumps to 4%
EAST PEORIA, Ill.: Orders for the mining machines and construction bulldozers made at this sprawling Caterpillar Inc. factory in central Illinois have jumped, in general, three-fold over the past year.But meeting that boom in demand at the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturer is a challenge, in part because of Caterpillar suppliers like Steve Kirsh.Years of watching Caterpillar and other big manufacturers cut inventories, close plants and axe workers in the last downturn has embedded caution in Kirsh's ambition to expand after the surge in orders, reflecting a more fundamental shift in how many industrial businesses view expansions, according to interviews with Caterpillar executives, more than a half-dozen Caterpillar suppliers and U.S. economic data."I just wasn't sure it was real," said Kirsh, speaking from a windowless office at the front of Kirsh Foundry Inc., in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, which makes metal parts for Caterpillar and other customers.Even with a surplus in … [Read more...] about Why Caterpillar can’t keep up with a boom in demand