5.5 million. That’s the number of job openings employers are struggling to fill, due to the disparity between the needs of the corporate world and the skills job seekers offer. We’ve seen the magic that happens when institutions and companies partner up to train workers or provide them with needed education – proving that stronger collaboration between the two groups can help close the skills gap. The Wall Street Journal’s Anna Louie Sussman and Melissa Korn investigate the “information gap” between employers and schools, citing the success of partnerships between institutions and companies in countries like Germany and Denmark, where the two groups work together to “ensure training and apprenticeships lead to jobs after graduation.” In an effort to match graduates with the right jobs, several institutions have turned to data from online job postings and the federal government to find out what employers really need, and how students can develop crucial skills while in school. Read on to see how institutions like Northeastern University use real-time data to identify in-demand skills and subsequently create programs to provide necessary training.