Research Seminar

An ecosystem approach to skilling: Insights from 85 innovative programs

Opportunities for continuous up- and reskilling should be accessible to all workers in order to maintain the competitiveness of the workforce. However, our current systems for skill building are not ready to tackle this challenge: government, academia and employers chronically underinvest in adult learning, and do not (yet) collaborate efficiently to provide at scale, end-to-end skilling solutions. In our research at the BCG Henderson Institute, we studied early examples of "skilling ecosystems”, innovative programs that involve multiple stakeholders to deliver up/reskilling solutions to address a specific skill gap. In this session we will discuss the different types of such ecosystems, key success factors and selected best practices based on our database of 85 examples around the world.

From August through October 2022, BCG and The Network, a global alliance of recruitment websites, undertook the world’s largest survey dedicated to exploring job seekers’ recruitment preferences—more than 90,000 people participated. They asked, among other things, how people see their position on the job market, what attracts and motivates them, and what they think the ideal recruitment process would look like. Among their findings: some myths about recruiting are just that—myths. This article reports and interprets additional survey findings and offers recruitment recommendations for employers.


Orsolya Kovács-Ondrejkovic
Orsolya Kovács-Ondrejkovic joined Boston Consulting Group in Budapest in 2013. She is a member of the People & Organization practice, focusing on people strategy. Orsolya has significant expertise in HR (especially redesigning HR operating models), talent and workforce trends, organizational design, and strategic workforce planning, and has worked with leading global companies. Her present focus is helping organizations prepare their workforces for the future of work.

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