On November 30, 2016, Laureate Mexico organized a workshop with HR leaders from many global companies operating in the country to better understand their talent recruitment needs, the competencies that are most important to them in employees, and which government initiatives could boost productivity and employment.
Dieter Holtz, CEO of Laureate Mexico, and Sophie Anaya, VP of Communications and Social Responsibility, lead the Education Committee of the Council of Global Companies in Mexico (CEEG in Spanish). It was this forum that helped organize this first workshop to receive input from HR officials from the most important foreign companies operating in the country. The objective was to design a proposal for the President of Mexico. This proposal aims for the Mexican government to implement public policies that foster the creation of human talent and help increase productivity in the country.
The proposal aims to help the Mexican government to implement public policies that identify and support talent in the country and increase productivity.
For Laureate Mexico, this effort is part of its strategy to become the most influential voice in the education sector in the country.
The main ideas provided by the HR officials participating in the workshops were:
- It is difficult to successfully instruct higher education students if they did not receive proper basic education. Education authorities should be involved in any strategy regarding human talent for companies, and work has to be done in basic education, providing students in early ages with competences and skills regarding: adaptability, passion for learning, networking, emotional intelligence, decision making, foreign languages, communication and math, apart from a solid technical knowledge.
- Authorities should define standards and metrics that schools and educational institutes must comply with in order to continue providing education (certification, accreditation of technical knowledge and soft skills).
- Authorities, institutions and companies should work together to design programs, standards, and professional practices which assure that students are really practicing what they need to complete their higher education cycle.
- Vocational orientation should be included from early stages, so students can be aware of what they really like and are good at.
- Design public policies which reinforce higher education and curricular design that responds to specific needs in specific markets.
- Design public policies to stimulate higher education institutions to offer very specific technical vocational programs and for companies that support this kind of dual education to receive fiscal benefits
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.