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Employment Needs in Tourism, Apparel, ICT and Food Processing

GeoWel Research, working with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development recently published the results of a small pilot training/survey to look at employer staff needs in the four important sectors of tourism, apparel, ICT and food processing.

How Easy is it to Find a Qualified or Experienced Employee

In all of the sectors people found it difficult to find qualified employees, though the situation was particularly bad in tourism and apparel.

Educational Demands for Each Sector

As one can see from the table above, the experience of potential employees is more in-demand from companies than formal education. This is true for all sectors, but particularly in apparel and food processing.

However, from our discussion with the companies, we found that even where companies prefer employees with higher educational qualifications, they are not necessarily looking for particular skill-sets but believe that university graduates have good general knowledge and are more capable of solving everyday issues by finding relevant information.

Equally important was the fact that while there is a high demand for practical experience, relatively few people are recruiting from the VET sector, even though VET centres are supposed to provide experience as part of their training. Therefore, we concluded that VET centres probably need to increase the practical training they provide and become better at marketing their qualifications as practical.

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