How to Close the Skills Gap: Mobility

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

As discussed yesterday, the skills gap in the European workforce is one the most prominent problems faced by SMEs in Europe. Not only this is a major factor in the high unemployment rate in the continent but it also stifles the productivity of companies in many sectors and it adds a heavy burden on society and on the economy.

Mobility Skills

Many labour force analysts and economists have argued for solutions to this issue and one element often highlighted is intra-EU labour mobility. According to a 2014 Policy Brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), people who move across the European Union have an easier time finding work and specialising in particular sectors. Normally this is intended as long-term mobility but we believe another fruitful approach to mobility is possible.

A mobility scheme for SME employees, like the one MobiliseSME proposes, would have a similar positive effect. Companies would become acquainted, through their mobile employees, with different working cultures and innovations that could help their own staff develop the lacking skills required to foster productivity. Moving employees would have access to unique professional experience which is most likely to endow them with a new set of skills, for example language skills, that would make them an added value for their original employer exactly as somebody who can fulfil the current needs for specific abilities.

If you agree with us and would like to participate in such program, check our coming activities and stay tuned for more news.

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