Apprenticeships in Today's Labor Market

Posted by Marie Murphy on 9/17/18 11:10 AM

There is a growing movement in today’s tight labor market with the resurgence of apprenticeships. A proven practice to prepare individuals for a career in a middle-skilled trade, apprenticeships are coming to the forefront of the job market as an alternative to expensive and time-consuming degrees.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

Hire for Qualities and Train Your Way

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/18 11:28 AM

You’ve heard of the skills gap. Well there’s another challenge facing employers who have middle-skills jobs to fill: the credentials gap.

For years, businesses have missed out on quality candidates. With a single sentence, they discouraged potentially great employees from even applying. Different companies phrase it in different ways: “Bachelor’s degree required. Associate degree preferred. This position assumes a 4 year degree.” Whichever way they said it, the message was the same, applicants without college degrees shouldn’t even bother.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap

How to Change Employee Mindsets to Improve Performance

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/31/18 11:47 AM

Do you want employees who tackle challenges head-on, who stay motivated when the going gets tough, who see feedback as constructive and take responsibility for their mistakes?

Of course you do.

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Taking Inventory of the Widening Skills Gap in the Retail Industry

Posted by Jake Sotir on 8/23/18 3:55 PM

As the United States economy continues to trend in a positive direction, many industries are still left wondering how to fill a surplus of open jobs with skilled workers. The retail industry isn’t immune to this effect by any stretch, as the turnover rate in the industry was a whopping 13% as of March 2018.¹

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Topics: Upskilling, career certificates, workforce training, Retail

Survey Says Apprentices are the Most Career-Ready

Posted by Marie Murphy on 8/23/18 1:04 PM

Today’s tight labor market has been attributed to the growing skills gap, the increase in retiring baby boomers, high rates of employee turnover, and more. Despite all of these factors, there has not yet been a full shift from the must-have college degree mindset to a learn-and-earn model that could better support employers and employees.

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Topics: Learning and Development, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Forget Skill Sets: Why You Should Hire for Character Instead

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/16/18 10:17 AM

The skills gap has been making headlines for years. For companies in manufacturing, construction, and other skilled trades it’s more than a news story, it’s a fact of life. Despite proposed changes in legislation and educational structures, many are still struggling to find the employees they need to fill vacant positions.

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Topics: Employers, workforce training

Unlock Potential with New Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program

Posted by Marie Murphy on 8/10/18 12:45 PM

Have you ever lost your keys? Been locked out of your house? Struggled to install a security system? You’re not alone. Every single day people require the talents and skills of professional locksmiths and home security technicians.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations, career diplomas

How to Build a Robust Workforce Development Program

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/2/18 12:38 PM

Finding the ideal employee isn’t easy. Someone with the perfect mix of skills and experience is unlikely to simply walk through your door. Most candidates will meet some of your requirements but lack skills in other key areas.

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Topics: Learning and Development, workforce training

How to Support the Working Learner

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/26/18 3:45 PM

As the number of “nontraditional” students, especially working learners, rises, the traditional secondary education format, i.e. a recent high school graduate going to a brick-and-mortar college fulltime, is becoming less of a reality. Many learners are struggling to access the brick-and-mortar college because of finances or actual distance – nearly 11.2 million adults live in an education desert, or more than sixty minutes from a public college.1

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Education, adult learners

The Prescription for Success: New Program Seeks to Address Growing Pharmacy Technician Field

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/19/18 1:12 PM

Pharmacy technicians are the ever-present faces at drug stores, pharmacies, and hospitals across the nation, fulfilling a crucial role in the healthcare system. As the population ages, requiring prescription medication care, pharmacies are becoming more important in the healthcare industry. As such, the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is expanding at a faster rate than average, at 12%, suggesting a need for more skilled workers to fill these opening positions.

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Topics: skills solution, Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations

 

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