The Future of Work for Middle Skills America

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/15/18 3:17 PM

Employers in the United States have a problem. The skills gap, the space between what job seekers know and what employers need them to know, is widening, especially for middle-skills workers. Educational institutions offer degrees, but no guarantee that those credentials will lead to actual jobs for their graduates. Staffing agencies and workforce boards are operating in their individual silos, often relying on outdated philosophies.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, Middle Skills Gap

How to Get Your Apprenticeship Program Approved by the DOL

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/15/18 9:52 AM

Many businesses are turning to apprenticeship programs to help them train qualified employees. In a tight labor market, where many employers are struggling to find employees who have the right skills, apprenticeship programs just make good business sense. That may be why the number of active apprentices has grown 42% since 2013.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, workforce training

At Penn Foster, Every Week is National Apprenticeship Week

Posted by Marie Murphy on 11/13/18 3:44 PM

The growing skills gap has been felt across industries, leaving countless job opportunities open because of a lack of skilled talent. One proven practice for upskilling learners to fill those in-demand roles, especially those in the skilled trades, has been apprenticeship programs.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

How Practices Can Best Utilize Veterinary Technicians

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/8/18 3:13 PM

The best veterinary practices are built on strong veterinary health care teams. To build an exceptional team, you start with a college-educated, credentialed veterinary technician or a driven and enthusiastic person who is willing to pursue education and credentialing. Without a credentialed veterinary technician, veterinary practices are unlikely to achieve their full potential. Veterinary technicians elevate the standard of patient care, build client satisfaction, and improve their bottom line.

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Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech, AVMA

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild: Rising to the Occasion

Posted by Jake Sotir on 10/31/18 12:58 PM

Since 2014, Penn Foster and YouthBuild USA have partnered to provide YouthBuild students with Penn Foster’s accredited high school diploma program as well as other relevant skills training to prepare students for their future careers.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Opportunity Youth, High School Completion, YouthBuild

YouthBuild Turns 40: A Rich Past Lays Framework for Bright Future

Posted by Frank Britt on 10/29/18 11:13 AM

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending YouthBuild’s 40th Anniversary Celebration & Gala in New York City. The event brought together YouthBuild leaders, program graduates, ardent supporters, and partners like Penn Foster to celebrate YouthBuild’s rich history and bright future.

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Topics: YouthBuild, Opportunity Youth

How to Staff the Staffing Companies

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/25/18 2:45 PM

Employers challenged by the skills gap are turning to staffing firms to find qualified employes. Yet staffing companies are not immune to the skills gap. Just like employers, staffing companies are struggling to recruit and retain skilled talent.  To continue serving their clients, staffing companies need to go beyond placement and start upskilling and training employees for high-demand roles. This strategy will allow staffing companies to do more than overcome the skills gap, it will allow them to thrive in a whole new way.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Employee Retention, Staffing

Staffing World 2018: Where Leaders in Staffing & Workforce Solutions Come Together

Posted by Marie Murphy on 10/10/18 9:24 AM

Penn Foster is thrilled to be participating in this year’s American Staffing Association Staffing World Conference next week (October 16-18) at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. As the largest staffing and recruiting conference in the US, Staffing World welcomes over one thousand attendees annually. As we near this year’s event, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with so many leaders and discuss the key trends and challenges in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. 

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Topics: Staffing, Penn Foster News & Events

You Buy It, They Fix It: How to Meet the Growing Demand for Appliance Repair Technicians

Posted by Marie Murphy on 10/8/18 10:18 AM

A dishwasher that won’t clean, a refrigerator that won’t cool, and an oven that won’t heat. All of these things have something in common: they require the skills and assistance of an Appliance Repair Technician. And unfortunately, these aren’t isolated moments; at some point, nearly every home appliance will need the technical expertise and assistance of a repair technician to work effectively.

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

The STRIVE Institute: Creating a Vision for the Business of Empowerment

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 10/5/18 2:43 PM

The Business of Empowerment

The business of empowering those most in need is a tough one.  It requires huge investments of financial and human capital.  Stakeholders can’t always look for a quick return on their investment. Few understand the complex calculus that ultimately defines success quite as abundantly as the people at STRIVE

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, adult learners

 

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