Project Title

Global Competencies and Economic Integration 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

HRD 02 2015 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HRD 02 2015 

Project Title

Global Competencies and Economic Integration 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

59,115 

Co-funding Amount

65,553 

Total Project Value

124,668 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; China; Indonesia; Japan; Peru; Philippines; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2015 

Expected Completion Date

30/09/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Aaron Neumann 

Job Title 1

Project Director 

Organization 1

Synergy Enterprises 

Postal Address 1

8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1440, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 6313370 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

aneumann@seiservices.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Aaron Neumann 

Project Summary

APEC STEM and professional industries have ever-increasing requirements for internationally capable employees – those with “global talent,” defined as foreign language and intercultural skills in combination with soft, technical, and business skills. The shortage of such individuals in APEC economies is a barrier to both economic integration and trade in goods and services, especially in the STEM and professional sectors. Building on the APEC Skill Mapping Project and the 2014 US Global Talent Survey at Michigan State University, we will assess the demand for global talent in two ways:

1) we will survey current and projected requirements for linguistically and culturally skilled individuals; and

2) we will conduct a pilot study of the economic value-added and value-created at the domestic and APEC level of global competence.

Additionally, this project will develop pilot surveys of the output of globally competent individuals in selected economies. The project will begin in September 2015, and will include the formation of working groups, the conduct of the surveys and pilot study, a workshop in Washington, DC, presentations to the HRDWG Research Forum and the HRDWG meeting, and development of a final report and recommendations.

Relevance

The proposed project falls under APEC Funding Criteria Rank 1: Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment, and supports the following activities within Rank 1:

a) SME Development, including access to regional and  global markets;

b) Connectivity, including the implementation of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint on enhancing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity; and

c) Human capital development, education and capacity building, as well as cross-border education cooperation.

APEC STEM industries require an unprecedented number of new hires with sophisticated linguistic and cultural skills and global experience alongside technical, business, and interpersonal skills. Taken together, these have become prerequisites for international growth, global operations, and the efficient functioning of diverse workforces. However, the output of such individuals from the educational systems across the APEC economies is insufficient, limiting economic integration across APEC. Improving this situation will increase people-to-people connectivity, improve the provision of services across APEC economies, and promote regional economic integration through increased SME access to international markets, as such access depends on globally capable talent streams. While requirements for technical personnel in traditional STEM fields have long been a focus of coordinated APEC policy statements and national investments, the linguistic and cultural elements including global awareness have generally not received the same attention. The paucity of linguistically and culturally sophisticated professionals who can work across APEC member economies limits economic integration and constrains job growth; it also adversely impacts the global and regional peace and cooperation essential to sustainable economic integration and job growth. Preliminary work by the United States Department of Education (Succeeding Globally through International Education and Engagement: U.S. Department of Education International Strategy 2012-2016) as well as the Michigan State University 2014 US Global Talent Survey provide indicators of the current conceptualization of Global Talent on the part of HR managers, as well as the demand for global professionals and policy priorities and strategies for increasing the supply of such professionals in the USA. For example, approximately 11% of US SMEs actively seek individuals with language skills other than English, and the majority of such SMEs report challenges sourcing such employees. More than 2/3 of US SMEs actively seek individuals with multicultural experience, and almost half prefer to hire individuals with skills in languages other than English. While this early US effort is promising, it requires engagement and collaboration with other APEC economies to advance human connectivity and economic integration. By providing a clear “client-side” definition of global talent and by acquiring and analyzing data on the gap in global talent, this project will assist in developing employment and education requirements and educational desiderata for global professionals. Moreover, this project will improve the STEM industries across all APEC member economies and strengthen their educational systems.

Objectives

1.  To develop an APEC-wide framework to describe global talent and its requisite elements through surveying APEC SMEs on their definition of and requirements for global talent

2.  To compile APEC-wide data o;n the business requirements for global talent and on the added value of such talent for trade and regional economic integration;

3.  To develop a methodology for measuring the outputs of global talent by creating a pilot survey of the educational sector in selected APEC economies (the USA and Japan and potentially others);

4.  To develop recommendations for APEC economies to strengthen their global talent streams; and

5.  To present requirements and recommendations to APEC HRDWG.

Alignment

The Proposed project helps achieve APEC 2015 priorities for advancing the regional economic integration agenda and investing in human capital through a comprehensive identification of the gaps in human capital necessary for regional trade and economic growth, in particular in the high-technology, services, and information sectors. Furthermore, it explicitly addresses objectives for matching skills and education to industry needs through the survey, and will provide baseline data for educational requirements for cross-border education as well as the role of language and culture in STEM education and innovation.

The project addresses the HRDWG medium-term plan by providing baseline data and recommendations for concrete actions to improve global talent source streams among APEC economies. Higher output of globally skilled individuals with linguistic and cultural skills and experiences as well as business and technical skills will provide SMEs with greater access to international markets, enhance people-to-people connectivity through direct communication as well as the facilitation of international connectivity, and will increase trade in professional services, where language and culture are cited as the 2nd most frequent barriers to international trade.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project will create the following outputs:

1) A session on global talent at the proposed HRDWG Research Forum in early 2016;

2) A research paper detailing requirements for global talent among APEC SMEs, to include the professional, linguistic, intercultural, technical, and business skills demanded by APEC SMEs;

3) A policy paper detailing best practices for developing global talent to meet the requirements of APEC SMEs;

4) A research paper reporting on the pilot survey of outputs of globally skilled individuals in selected APEC economies;

5) A workshop to develop best practice recommendations to address global skills requirements;

6) A website with project results and information that is integrated with other APEC websites, such as APEC.org and the HRDWG Wiki; and

7) An action plan for improving the global talent stream among APEC economies.

Outcomes: The project outcomes include the following:

1) Increased awareness of the perspective of SMEs on what constitutes global talent;

2) A dialogue within APEC HRDWG on the definition, development, and operationalization of global talent in light of the SME perspective on global talent; and

3) Dialogue in member education ministries on promoting global talent, and in particular, the integration of technical and business skills with linguistic and cultural skills in higher education curricula.

Beneficiaries: Intended beneficiaries of this project are:

1) Policy-makers of APEC economies, in particular in the labour and educational sectors. Specifically, the project will target educational policy makers responsible for establishing criteria for secondary and post-secondary curricula and those responsible for workforce readiness. In the labour sector, the project seeks to engage workforce development policy-makers. It is expected that the participants will be at the sub-ministerial level;

2) Business sector leaders and policy makers, in particular business leaders responsible for human resource policy as well as its implementation. Additionally, senior business leaders will be engaged as thought leaders for disseminating the results of the project; and

3) Educational sector leaders and policy makers from educational institutions and organizations, in particular college and university presidents.  Beneficiaries will be selected through the ABAC and national-level Chambers of Commerce as well as in consultation with APEC economies, in particular for educational and government participants.  Every effort will be made to ensure diversity of representation among all stakeholders. Participants in the workshop will be policymakers in the educational and human capital areas, senior business leaders in international enterprises with global talent requirements, and third sector educational leaders. The results and benefits of the project will be communicated in the following ways: the project will have a dedicated website and will be advertised to relevant stakeholders in cosponsoring economies, the reports and products developed by the project will be presented at appropriate APEC fora and disseminated through APEC websites including the HRDWG Wiki and electronic distribution channels of the selected contractor.

Dissemination

The project team will publish reports electronically as follows:

1) The interim project report; the audience of this report is APEC HRDWG stakeholders;

2) A summary of the global talent survey of employers, including a concise definition of global talent as required by employers; the audience of this report includes educational ministries, labour and trade ministries, chambers of commerce, and business leaders;

3) A summary of the pilot survey of global talent outcomes; the audience of this report includes educational ministries and higher education leaders; and

4) A summary of best practices in the development of global talent; the audience of this report includes educational ministries and higher education leaders.

All materials will be available through a dedicated website to be maintained by the selected contractor. In addition, wider dissemination will be developed through:

1) a series of press releases through the US Department of Education, APEC, among other venues;

2) presentations at industry fora, chambers of commerce, universities, and academic conferences; and

3) publication of survey and project results in appropriate academic journals on labour economics, curriculum development, and language education.

There is no intention to sell any outputs.

Gender

The surveys developed under this project will include a representative sample of female participants (as HR managers or in the pilot phase of the survey of educational outcomes in global talent). This will be achieved through the use of random stratified sampling techniques, reinforced through careful recruitment of female participants, with specified sampling targets to ensure representativeness. These targets will be developed in consultation with the selected contractor. Both surveys will include gender as a variable, in terms of the hiring requirements and barriers to hiring in the survey of global talent requirements, and as a data element in the pilot survey of outcomes. Survey developers will strive to use inclusive, neutral language in the surveys.

Work Plan

Work plan:

1) Conduct domestic surveys in the sponsoring economies of the employment requirements for global expertise among leading employers, and in particular, of SMEs (September 2015 – March 2016):

a) Implementation:

i) The USA survey will be implemented (October – November 2015)

ii) Co-sponsoring economies will coordinate on the implementation of the survey (September – November 2015)

iii) USA survey data will be reduced and analyzed (December 2015)

iv) Co-sponsoring economies will implement the survey (January – February 2016)

v)  Co-sponsoring data will be analyzed (March 2016)

b) Output: Report on domestic-level private sector requirements for global expertise (March, 2016).

2) Develop website (September – December 2016)

a) Preliminary website design for “look and feel,” functionality, and end-user experience (September 2016)

b) Website coding and development (October 2016)

c) Review of initial design by project team and HRDWG stakeholders (November 2016)

d) Revisions and final development (November – December 2016)

e) Launch of website (December 2016)

3) Develop concise employment requirements for the global expertise (February – June 2016)

a) A preliminary report, based on the USA Survey, will be presented at the HRDWG Research Forum, in a form useful for educational planners in government and academic settings (February 2016, tentative)

b) A final report on key employment profiles and requirements for global expertise will be coordinated with representatives from co-sponsoring economies (June 2016)

4) Conduct pilot surveys of the output of global professionals from tertiary education and private sector/informal education (September – July 2016)

a) A pilot survey instrument will be developed and coordinated with representatives from co-sponsoring economies (September – November 2016)

b) Two to three economies will be selected to pilot the survey (November 2015 – February 2016)

c) The survey will be implemented at 15-20 institutions of higher education and informal educational entities (March – May 2016)

d) Deliverable: report on the feasibility of surveying output of globally skilled individuals by economy (July 2016)

5) Conduct an APEC workshop on global talent in Washington, DC to include representatives from ministries of education, labour, and trade, and will have the goal of developing policy recommendations to improve the articulation of global talent between the employment and educational sectors in APEC (September 2016)

a) Develop workshop agenda (February 2016)

b) Develop attendee list and issue invitations (March 2016)

c) Confirm hosting logistics (March – May 2016)

d) Execute workshop (September 2016)

e)  Issue workshop report (November 2016)

6) Develop a final report with policy recommendations for addressing global talent gaps (2016)

a) Deliverable: report and recommendations to improve economic integration and growth through global talent (December 2016)

Risks

The project has the following risks:

1) The survey of global talent requirements may not have representative samples in all of the participating economies. This risk will be mitigated through careful planning and coordination with these economies, as well as a flexible, web-based survey delivery mechanism.

2) The pilot survey of educational outcomes may be misperceived in higher education as focusing solely on language abilities. This will be mitigated through careful survey design, predicated on the results of the USA and APEC economies’ surveys of global talent requirements.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Progress indicators are successful completion of the deliverables as outlined in the work plan. Indicators of outcomes are wider dissemination and citation of the reports as described in tasks 2-4 of the work plan. Impact and success indicators include the adoption of policy recommendations from deliverable 4. Particular attention will be paid to the role of women in the language industry, which is a locus of growth of women-owned businesses in APEC economies, as well as the participation and skill levels of women and ethnic minorities in global talent education. Stakeholder feedback will be gathered at the workshop and through the pilot survey and website hits will be continually monitored. Gender participation data will be collected at each phase of the project. The targets for workshop participation are 75% of APEC economies participating, with an average of 4 participants per economy. The targets for the surveys are 2000 US SMEs for the November 2015 survey; for the pilot survey, 100% of APEC economies participating with at least 30 respondents per economy.

Linkages

This project will build on work in analyzing global talent and the economic impact of language, currently underway and planned in the USA. This includes the APEC Skill Mapping Project, which developed frameworks for mapping job growth across APEC economies, as well as preliminary specifications for comparable datasets of job openings across occupational categories. Combining this previous work with the 2014 USA-based Global Talent Survey of the Globalization and Localization Association, the selected contractor will provide a conceptual framework to this project. The aforementioned Global Talent Survey assessed global talent requirements among US employers in the summer of 2014. The proposed project will build on the methodology and questionnaire. Additionally, the project will benefit from international linkages and project outputs will be uploaded to the HRDWG Wiki to facilitate dissemination and bolster related Working Group activities.

Sustainability

Beneficiaries in the United States will be supported through the activities of the upcoming national Commission on Language of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which will have a focus on global talent and its development in the United States. Additionally, preliminary discussions with stakeholders in other co-sponsoring economies (Japan and Thailand) indicates a willingness to engage in the dialogues indicated in the outcomes section, in particular on the articulation of higher education curricula with employer requirements for global talent. Possible next steps include a full survey of educational outcomes. The project team will work with co-sponsor stakeholders to secure funding for an international survey to follow up on this project, and to continue presenting the conceptual framework and results in APEC and other fora, such as ASEAN and OECD.

Project Overseers

Mr. Aaron Neumann has four years’ experience managing federal contracts for the U.S. Department of Education (ED), including corporate responsibility for staff, budgets, and work flow across high-profile projects in a dynamic management consulting small business.  He currently serves as the incumbent Project Director at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. on a multi-year contract through ED’s Office of International Affairs to provide technical, administrative, and logistical support to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Human Resources Development Working Group, an organization he has worked in continuously since his 2008 graduate internship in ED’s Policy and Program Studies Service.  During his time on the project, he has planned and implemented more than a dozen international and bi-lateral meetings and collaborated with consultants, subject matter experts, and vendors around the world to produce high quality and timely publications, technical resources, and timely websites for stakeholders around the Asia-Pacific region, including the official HRDWG Wiki.  Through his involvement with APEC, Mr. Neumann has prepared reports on teacher preparation in science and mathematics with international researchers and policymakers; developed a reference guide comparing English and foreign-language teaching standards and assessments, instruction methods, and e-learning programs offered by the 21 APEC member economies; and coordinated the development of a person-to-person connectivity initiative to improve mobility of students, educators, and researchers across borders. He has also provided high-level logistical and technical support to U.S. delegates attending APEC meetings, including officials from ED and foreign policy officials from the Departments of State and Labor, and helped delegates navigate the APEC Project Guidebook, various funding sources, and the APEC project cycle, from concept note to final report.  Mr. Neumann also provided substantial input and contributions to the 2014 Independent Assessment of the Human Resources Development Working Group on behalf of the Working Group’s Education Network Coordinator and the U.S. delegation.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project Overseer will work with the Program Director to contract with a supplier for 964 hours of work, of which 550 will be APEC-funded and 414 will be self-funded, responsible for project design, coordination of the development and implementation of the surveys, data analysis, coordination with participating economies, presentation of results, and preparation of the final report.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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