Are Apprenticeship Programs the Future of Education?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/12/19 6:00 AM

Apprenticeships have been a part of the U.S. educational system since long before the country declared its independence. Now apprenticeships are in vogue again. This traditional training method offers several advantages, and many people are wondering if apprenticeship programs are the future of education. 

Now everywhere you look, training partners and employers are talking about apprenticeship programs and how they can help fill employment gaps while employing workers who haven’t yet built professional skills.

Penn Foster alone placed more than 5,000 apprentices with more than 500 employer partners over a 12 month period ending July 2017. Since then, we’ve placed thousands more and added dozens of new employer partners.

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Topics: Training, Apprenticeship, workforce development

3 Secrets to Build a Strong Healthcare Team

Posted by Jaime Nguyen on 11/6/19 11:00 AM

With a healthcare boom underway and a growing gap of middle-skilled job candidates, it’s time to rethink hiring practices and move from the familiar, reactive model to one that allows you and your practice to build a strong, dedicated talent pipeline - while decreasing your turnover rate.  

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

How to Develop Leaders in Middle Skills Professions

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/30/19 11:00 AM

Imagine you have an open position for a management role in your business. Which would you rather do? Create a job post, sort through resumes, interview candidates, and eventually hire someone who might hopefully be the right fit, or promote a proven employee who already understands your business and your team? 

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Upskilling, workforce development

Career Pathways in Healthcare

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/23/19 11:00 AM

Paving career pathways for healthcare workers

The healthcare industry has been booming for decades. While consistent growth brings plenty of opportunity, it also creates challenges. The skills gap in healthcare is real and pressing. To continue to meet the needs of their patients, healthcare employers need a strategy to attract and retain middle-skills talent. 

Career pathways should be at least a part of that strategy. With the right training, workers in non-clinical roles can transition to clinical roles. Similarly, new hires for entry level positions can upskill for more specialized jobs. 

When you pave clear career pathways for employees, you do a lot more than help them find their next position. You give them the tools to contribute and thrive within your hospital or clinic. As a result, they’re more engaged and provide better patient care. They’re also less likely to search for new opportunities elsewhere. Career pathways build loyalty, strengthen talent pipelines, and improve outcomes for your organization.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Path

Meet Medical Billing & Coding Graduate, Destini

Posted by Penn Foster on 10/22/19 1:35 PM

Destini Willis, a veteran and a mother, had skills before furthering her education, but she needed expert training to succeed in a new career after leaving the military. Here's her story.

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Topics: in-demand occupations, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Path

Veterinary Technician Certification Offers Opportunities to Help and Heal

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/16/19 11:00 AM

Melissa Holstein is the employee every veterinary clinic and hospital hopes to hire. She’s completely devoted to the work and always ready to learn something new. 

Twenty years ago, she took an entry-level job as a kennel attendant. Her drive to help animals in need meant that she worked hard to make the kennel a safe and healthy space for the animals in her care. The desire to do even more inspired her to keep adding to her skill set. 

“I find that in veterinary medicine, I not only help animals, but I also help people that want to help their pet,” Melissa said. 

Over the next decade, she learned on the job. Soon, she advanced to a technician role at a mixed small animal and large animal practice. While there, she worked hands-on with animals of all sizes. Her breadth of experience was impressive, but Melissa knew there was more to learn.

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Topics: Training, Credentialing, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technician

Why Smart Staffing Firms Are Training Associates

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/10/19 11:00 AM

As the skills gap puts pressure on businesses in various industries, those businesses turn to staffing firms to fill open positions. There’s just one problem; staffing firms are facing the same challenges as the businesses they’re supporting. Record low unemployment rates, weak workforce participation rates and changing skills demands make finding the right temporary employee more difficult than ever. 

The Voice of the the Blue Collar Worker report from EmployBridge found that there are far more blue-collar jobs available today than there are skilled workers to fill them. This means that middle-skills employers, and the staffing firms that supply them, must change their recruitment and retention strategies to keep talent pipelines strong.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Staffing, workforce development

An Opportunity Builds in the Construction Skills Gap

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/2/19 11:00 AM

Depending on your perspective, the construction industry is facing either a serious problem, or a valuable opportunity. Throughout the building boom from 2012 to 2015, general contractors and construction companies struggled to find enough workers to do the job. Now, as growth levels off, general contractors and other industry leaders find that the construction skills gap is as pressing as ever. But that problem masks a valuable opportunity.

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Topics: Skills Gap, workforce training, Construction

Church's Chicken Graduate Earns Promotion in Addition to a Diploma

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/30/19 9:37 AM

For many in the service industry, the struggle to balance life and a retail shift schedule leaves little time for chasing career aspirations or returning to a traditional brick and mortar institution. And the opportunity to apply for jobs with better hours, better pay, or greater responsibilities often require a high school diploma. This can leave valuable workers like Chantel Maull, a two-year employee of Church’s Chicken without many options for improvement. But Chantel has a lot to celebrate having recently earned both a high school diploma and a promotion from her employer. 

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, Upskilling, High School Diploma

Graduate of Online Veterinary Academy Joins VCA Animal Hospital as Veterinary Technician

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 9/26/19 11:00 AM

Recruiting and retaining dedicated employees who are a good match for your company, and are passionate, reliable, and talented is a struggle for hiring managers in any industry. In a high-stress field such as animal medicine, it can be especially laborious for practice hiring managers to source, train, and retain skilled talent. It becomes even more so when your candidates need to meet certain prerequisites, such as experience in the field, basic knowledge of how animal medicine works, and - depending on the position - national credentials. Adding to the often arduous and expensive process, hiring managers or veterinarians also must balance the workload for current staff and attempt to ameliorate potential problems in order to avoid the higher than average turnover veterinary practices face.

Whether you’re filling positions at a private veterinary clinic or a corporate one, ensuring you find the right fit in almost all categories can be essential to building and maintaining office morale, improving the quality of patient care, and increasing practice revenue. You’re looking for someone like Jennifer Guidry.

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Topics: Vet Tech, workforce development, Military Spouse, Veterinary Medicine

 

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