How Businesses Can Leverage Tax Cuts to Invest in Employee Development

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/15/18 4:37 PM

In today’s rapidly-evolving labor market, many employers are struggling to attract and retain highly qualified and talented workers. In an article published in Talent Economy, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Innovate+Educate Founder & CEO Jamai Blivin argue that, as a result of recent tax reform, businesses now have a greater opportunity and responsibility to address this growing skills gap by investing in the continuous development of their employees. With the shelf life of skills constantly shrinking and the durability of degrees dwindling, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for workers to keep their skills current.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

February Job Report Signals an Even Stronger Reason to Tackle the Skills Gap

Posted by Frank Britt on 3/9/18 3:05 PM

One of the great things about our country is that we are not just defined by what’s happened in the past, we’re also shaped by the possibilities of the future.  So, on a day that is the ultimate definition of the “present,” the monthly release of the Labor Department’s jobs report, I think we should celebrate – but only for a quick moment – the positive numbers and look ahead to what we can all do to make the jobs environment even better in that future we can still invent.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Upskilling, Skills Gap

The Key to Front Line Success

Posted by Marie Murphy on 3/9/18 10:42 AM

Front line employees are a crucial, and sometimes overlooked, group of workers at any organization. Whether they are working on the factory floor or greeting your customers on the sales floor, front line employees can have a dramatic impact on a company’s productivity, efficiency, and bottom line.

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Topics: Frontline Worker, workforce training

The Middle Skills Training “Awakening”

Posted by Marie Murphy on 3/8/18 11:04 AM

The need for increased investment in training and development has never been greater. That was the sentiment expressed by Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt in an interview with Ed Tech Times at last month’s LearnLaunch conference. With an emphasis on “closing the skills gap,” Britt explains that given high-growth occupation industries like hospitality and skilled trades, effective middle skilled workers are in increasingly high demand. However, many middle skilled workers do not have all of the skills they need to be the most effective. This lack of effective middle skilled workers has created this middle skills gap which hurts employers, businesses, and employees themselves.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Frontline Worker, workforce training

New Program Seeks to Close Front Line Supervisor Training Gap

Posted by Steve Copacino on 3/2/18 3:02 PM

As we’ve seen time and again, front line supervisors have the potential to make a tremendous impact on the overall productivity and efficiency of a company’s workforce, yet new hires often receive minimal training when transitioning into this new role. Indeed, 71% of front line supervisors receive infrequent or occasional training, according to a Harvard Business Schools Report.1 In a separate report form McKinsey, only 10% of executives only 10% of executives said that their front line manager training program is effective at preparing managers to lead.2 It should come as no surprise then, that 60% of front line supervisors underperform within their first two years.3

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Upskilling

The Future is Solar

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/28/18 4:25 PM

Alternative energy, especially solar energy, has been growing rapidly as an in demand resource over the last decade. There have been several reasons that have driven this demand. First, the cost of installing solar panels has decreased dramatically. Since 2010, PV installed price estimates have declined by almost 56% for residential installations, and over 70% for both non-residential/commercial and utility-scale installations.1 These price decreases have increased the demand and therefore has made solar installation skills more valuable in today’s job market.

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Topics: skills solution, Skilled Trades, in-demand occupations

Looking to increase your workforce’s productivity? Discover how soft skills training can help!

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/23/18 11:00 AM

The demand for front line employees with well-developed soft skills has never been higher. While technical skills have been and will always remain important, soft skills are the crucial capabilities for employees working in any industry. From retail to manufacturing, strong soft skills has become the number one requirement for incoming or newly hired employees.1

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Topics: soft skills, Skills Gap, workforce training

Heading Towards a Work + Learn Future to Fix “A Nation Upside Down”

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/22/18 11:51 AM

The Future Skills Summit sponsored by the Institute for the Future was held on February 21-22nd this year to help education and workforce development innovators “get fit for what’s next.” The premise of this year’s summit is the idea of a “work + learn future,” to outmode our current “degree-before-work paradigm” which is not sufficiently serving the job market at large. One of the key contributors to the summit, and the overall theme of work and learn, is Innovate+Educate founder, Jamai Blivin.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, workforce training

5 Ways to Make Sure Your College’s Emails Don't End Up in Spam

Posted by Kaeli O'Connell on 2/15/18 2:12 PM

For career and community colleges, email marketing can be a major pillar of your overall acquisition and nurturing strategy. You spend hours writing, designing, and developing your emails. But are they reaching your target prospects? These 5 tips will help to ensure that your emails are not being stopped by spam filters, but are landing in the inbox.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

What Penn Foster Students Who Made the Jump to New Careers Can Teach Employers

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/12/18 11:55 AM

MikeLewisWhenToJump.jpgMike Lewis, entrepreneur and author, recently collaborated with Penn Foster Education in an informative and motivational webinar titled “Make Your Jump.” Lewis, a graduate of Dartmouth, left a prestigious job at a venture capital firm to pursue his passion—playing squash professionally. He teamed up with a panel of diverse Penn Foster students to share their stories and speak to the barriers that often hold them back from tackling their career goals. Though the insights gleaned from the conversation between Lewis and Penn Foster students Rocco, Brittney, and Kathy encourage other students and peers to make the jump toward the career they want, there are a few key takeaways that can inform the way employers approach career development for their employees. 

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, workforce training


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