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Workforce Skills: How to turn learning into earning

As any employer already knows, finding the right employees with the correct level of skill and knowledge is just one part of the recruitment process. One also needs to look for the candidate that is adequately prepared for the workplace and who can adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace.
Workforce Skills: How to turn learning into earningAs any employer already knows, finding the right employees with the correct level of skill and knowledge is just one part of the recruitment process. One also needs to look for the candidate that is adequately prepared for the workplace and who can adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace.

This is according to Thando Thomas, Head of Employability and Adult Learning at Pearson Africa, who says that qualifications and assessment can be some of the most reliable ways to evaluate whether a candidate is the right pick for any given job. “These also increase in importance as people up-skill and re-skill more often in their lives. By achieving trusted and relevant international qualifications and assessments, learners can build proof of their unique and competitive skillset based on the needs of employers globally.”

Thando says that this is a particularly important point for new graduates to note. “Finding your first job can often be the most difficult. If you’ve just completed your degree and you are about to enter the job market, you have to be aware of the attributes that will make you more employable.”

Christine Evans, Head of Qualifications and Assessments at Pearson Africa explains that potential employers have to see that a new recruit has skills and competencies that go beyond their technical or academic knowledge. “An employer is much more likely to take a chance on you if they can see that you have attributes like critical thinking, good communication skills, creativity, emotional intelligence, self-management and leadership qualities. Many of these are what you might call ‘soft or transferable skills’, which also makes them a little more difficult to objectively assess.”

Still, Christine says that there are ways for new recruits to show that they do indeed possess these attributes. “Some of the best ways to learn these skills include becoming involved in courses that contain project-based assignments, as well as ones that encourage entrepreneurial and innovation skills. When an employer can see on paper that you have indeed spent time on attaining these skills, you are much more likely to get hired.”

To this, Thando adds that it is not only new recruits in the workspace that can benefit from displaying these skills. “The world is constantly changing and the demands on companies and their employees to evolve have never been higher. This is why even people who have been in the workforce for 10 or 20 years, need to work at upskilling themselves. These are the individuals who are more likely to get promoted and advance in their careers.”

Pearson qualifications and assessments prepare students for the challenging and rapidly evolving world of work. Pearson's 150 year experience in qualifications and assessment, as well as the breadth and flexibility of its certifications, means Pearson provides trusted and relevant support (or certification?) to individuals across their full lifelong learning journey.

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