Labour markets are becoming more dynamic in response to pressures from globalisation, new technologies and trade agreements, as well as cross-border migration, inter-generation differences, changing education imperatives and employer expectations. By focusing on several Asia Pacific countries, this book explores the differences in their workforces: ageing, or abundant in labour but lacking in skilled employees. One similarity these countries share is the difficulty in attracting and retaining employees with the required skillset and capabilities, and these constraints can stymie national economic growth and long term development.

This book brings together national and international perspectives on employability challenges faced by selected countries in the Asia Pacific region. While the region is forecast to enjoy high growth in the coming decade, a recurring challenge is addressing skill shortages and ensuring effective transition from training colleges and universities into employment. Consequently, the book focuses on the roles of multiple stakeholders, primarily: governments, education providers and employers – in more effectively addressing these key socio-economic challenges.

part I|41 pages

The issues and the challenges

chapter 1|13 pages


Applicant work-readiness and graduate employability challenges in the Asia Pacific

chapter 2|26 pages

Graduate work-readiness in Asia Pacific economies

A review of the literature

part II|177 pages

Country studies

chapter 3|24 pages

Labour market and work-readiness challenges

The case of Taiwan

chapter 6|20 pages

“The perfect storm”

Constraints on Indonesian economic growth posed by graduate work-readiness challenges

chapter 9|22 pages

Graduate employability in Australia

Time for a VET and HE overhaul?

chapter 10|17 pages

The state of higher education and vocational education and training sectors in Nepal

Implications for graduate work-readiness and sustainable development

chapter 11|15 pages

Work-readiness in Lao PDR

part III|24 pages

Comparative analysis and conclusions

chapter 13|9 pages


The future for work-readiness and graduate employability in the Asia Pacific