Labour markets are becoming more dynamic in response to pressures from globalisation, new technologies and trade agreements, as well as cross-border migration, inter-generation differences, changing education imperatives and employer expectations. By focusing on several Asia Pacific countries, this book explores the differences in their workforces: ageing, or abundant in labour but lacking in skilled employees. One similarity these countries share is the difficulty in attracting and retaining employees with the required skillset and capabilities, and these constraints can stymie national economic growth and long term development.
This book brings together national and international perspectives on employability challenges faced by selected countries in the Asia Pacific region. While the region is forecast to enjoy high growth in the coming decade, a recurring challenge is addressing skill shortages and ensuring effective transition from training colleges and universities into employment. Consequently, the book focuses on the roles of multiple stakeholders, primarily: governments, education providers and employers – in more effectively addressing these key socio-economic challenges.
Part I: The Issues and the Challenges
1. Introduction: Applicant Work-Readiness and Graduate Employability Challenges in the Asia Pacific (John Burgess, Roslyn Cameron, Subas Dhakal and Kerry Brown)
2. Graduate Work Readiness in Asia Pacific Economies: A Review of the Literature (Alan Nankervis, Verma Prikshat and Roslyn Cameron)
Part II: Country Studies
3. Labour Market and Work Readiness Challenges: The Case of Taiwan (Min-Wen Sophie Chang and Julia Connell)
4. Enhancing Graduate Work-readiness in Vietnam (Nguyen Danh Nguyen and Nguyen Ba Ngoc)
5. Work Readiness in Malaysia (Noorziah Modh Salleh, Jude Emelifeonwu, Jonathan Winterton and Kwok Mow Chan)
6. "The Perfect Storm": Constraints on Indonesian Economic Growth Posed by Graduate Work-readiness Challenges (Soegeng Priyono and Alan Nankervis)
7. Work Readiness in Singapore (Peter Waring, Christopher Vas and Azad Singh Bali)
8. Antecedents, Consequences, and Strategic Responses to Graduate Work-Readiness: Challenges in India (Verma Prikshat, Sanjeev Kumar and Parinita Raje)
9. Graduate Employability in Australia: Time for a VET and HE Overhaul? (Alan Montague, Julia Connell and Barbara Mumme)
10. The State of Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training Sectors in Nepal: Implications for Graduate Work-Readiness and Sustainable Development (Subas Dhakal)
11. Work Readiness in Lao PDR (Vipapone Apayvanh)
Part III: Comparative Analysis and Conclusions
12. A Comparative Perspective on Work-Readiness Challenges in the Asia Pacific Region (Subas Dhakal, John Burgess, Roslyn Cameron and Alan Nankervis)
13. Conclusion: The future for Work-readiness and Graduate Employability in the Asia Pacific (Roslyn Cameron, John Burgess, Subas Dhakal and Barbara Munne)
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