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Bringing education with the demands of Mining and the Labour Market

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Bridging education with the demands of Mining and the Labour Market

A few days ago, detailed outcomes of the 'Aprender' assessments were disclosed, shedding light on the pandemic's impact on educational standards across provinces. In Argentina, we've regrettably lost our capacity for surprise, often glancing only fleetingly at such data to gauge our progress and identify those faring the worst.

Avoiding clichés, it's vital to emphasise how education significantly affects the labour market.

There's an increasingly stark gap between the profiles needed daily in the workforce, as I've observed in my consultancy role, and the demands of clients, businesses, and SMEs.

Educational issues can be viewed from multiple perspectives, all essential for effecting change. However, this article focuses on one aspect: education's disconnection from the job market's required profiles.

This issue is evident in many regions where provincial curricula are misaligned with the very productive policies promoted in these areas. Companies are often left to shoulder the responsibility of training their staff. While this isn't inherently problematic, experience has shown it's insufficient.

The labour market is evolving faster than public policies and even the expectations of many young people. Everything is highly dynamic.

So, how do we tailor today's education to prepare students for an unpredictable job market?

The labour market is not immune to the constant transformations society is currently undergoing. In this context, various global bodies and experts indicate that up to 40% of today's jobs may not exist by 2030.

Numerous technical-professional training centres, international organisations, and universities are advocating new teaching methodologies. Their goal is to ensure students don't reach a 'dead end' but instead integrate into the labour market, contributing positively to society.

It's more crucial than ever to align the training of 21st-century citizens with corporate needs, significantly reducing unemployment and creating more efficient workforces.

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