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From an employer's perspective this study highlights the need for a shift in leadership of who's driving the essential employability skills (EES) agenda from governments and institutions to employers and students. Success with student-demanded career placements, especially those in hyper-competitive marketplaces, are proving to be more related to EES than to the program of study. A variety of resources are being directed to teaching employability skills at many post-secondary institutions; however, no
significant EES gap improvements have been noted in the last decade.
Through a qualitative study using open-ended interview, this research sheds light on what EES gaps exist among employers, who should lead the development of EES, and
how best youth entering the labour market should develop the EES they will need to succeed.