The skill gap is a global challenge. Especially now.
The pandemic led to the loss of 255 million full-time equivalent jobs – about 4x times the number lost in the 2007-2009 global economic crisis. 1.6 billion people working in the informal economy, without a social safety net, were affected. The problem was worse for people who have less formal education.
But that is just the latest stage of an ongoing process. While millions were affected by the pandemic, this challenge has been with us for years.
- Companies need people with the right skills and knowledge.
- Individuals must manage their careers without expert advice.
- Managers must help their organizations, and workers, to thrive in times of rapid change.
- Companies that actively aid career growth are the exception rather than the rule.
We can do better than this.
The opportunity for decent work and career growth is the next wave in global sustainability. It is a fundamental right for all individuals, and a key driver of global prosperity. It’s good for employees and the companies that employ them. Working together, GOF collaborating organizations can help make change happen for individuals, their employers, and their communities.
The Global Opportunity Forum (GOF) is a worldwide community of organizations aligned on a common goal: to create opportunity for all people through workforce learning:
- For employees: education and career navigation to help them increase their income and job satisfaction.
- For leaders: training to help them create opportunity by improving their businesses.
- For all organizations: tools, examples and collaboration opportunities to improve their workforce learning practices.
The GOF is not a training program. It’s not a consultancy. It’s a movement. A community of organizations – companies, non-profits, governments, student groups, and entrepreneurs – that aim to help people to grow in their careers. While each member focuses on its priority areas, the GOF will convene discussions, curate best practices, conduct world-leading research, and help each member organization to succeed.
We aim to help millions of workers, wherever they are in geographic and skills space, to own their career development. We aim to solve four major challenges in meeting this goal:
- Career navigation: helping people understand relevant paths they can take, and how they can make progress on those paths.
- Agile learning: bringing the learning to the individuals in ways that work for them, rather than the reverse.
- Credentialing: showing the competencies, experiences, and learning achievements of individuals in ways that are transparent, secure, and under the control of the individual.
- Supportive infrastructure: frameworks and open-access tools that provide common language and standards that members can use to create solutions