The Worrying Shortage of Talent

Among the professionals most required by companies in Guatemala, but the most difficult to find, are computer technicians, engineers in mining and construction, and professionals with doctorates in coffee and other agricultural products.

Friday, February 9, 2018

The study entitled "Talent Gaps 2017", prepared by the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (Fundesa), details that the academic profile required by employers can be summarized by the fact that 65% of companies need staff with qualifications, 68% of employees with a technical level, and 75% of companies require professionals with a bachelor's degree.

From a statement issued by Fundesa:

The Talent Gaps Study is an effort to foster cooperation between private sector companies and academia. Information is generated to align the needs of the productive sector with technical and university training programs, with the aim of better preparing the people who will enter the labor market. 

The most needed and difficult to find academic levels for each of the surveyed clusters are the following:

Diversified:
Tourism
Light Manufacturing
Drinks

Certified technicians:
TICs, Software and Contact Center
Financial services
Processed foods
Forestry, furniture, paper and rubber

Bachelor's of Arts and Sciences:
Mines and quarries
Construction 
Transport and logistics 
Renewable and non-renewable energy 
Formal trade
Miscellaneous services
Real estate, business and rental activities 

Doctorates:
Coffee, sugar, basic grains and palm 
Bananas, fruits and vegetables
Textile, clothing and footwear
Pharmaceutical products
Chemicals and plastics
 
In the 2017 Study, 450 companies took part, 57 faculties from 9 universities plus the Technical Institute for Training and Productivity - INTECAP - and 462 students from different courses. In addition, a pilot test was carried out with the tourism cluster, in which representatives from academia, the productive sector and government took part, to identify the human capital needs that will exist in the this cluster in the next 5 years.

See the study presentation and general results. (In Spanish)

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