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Rural Economy

The Difference between what Colleges Provide and what Employers require

Report Segment: skills mismatch

There is a mismatch between what employers need and what colleges provide. The rural economy is an interesting case because there have been two training schemes aimed at providing employers exactly what they need: Beyond 2010 covers 10 sectors including food processing, and is aimed at SMEs with business critical skills needs. The Rural Development Programme has a scheme for land based businesses or businesses operating in the countryside, to train staff in anything they need. These two programmes are briefly discussed below (Is there a Skills Problem), and in the report at the end of section 3.