Tomorrow's Skills Agenda: 5 Predictions for the World of Work in 2020

Posted by Frank Britt on 1/20/20 11:42 AM

We’re past the point of debate about whether the world of work is changing. The labor market continues to tighten. The shelf-life of skills is shrinking as technological change and the rise of AI transform the global economy. The “future of work” has become a cliche. 

As the pace of change picks up, what should employers and workers expect in 2020 -- and how can they keep up? Following the trend lines of workforce transformation can help us make smarter decisions and unlock economic mobility for workers. Here are five predictions for how the world of work will continue to evolve in the coming year.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners

How to Retain Healthcare Workers

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/14/20 11:00 AM

Turnover is a major issue in the healthcare sector, which is why increasing employee retention is a top priority for many hospitals and clinics. You might think that higher salaries are the key to retaining workers. While salary increases may help, there are other powerful employee retention strategies you can use.

According to a Nursing Solutions, Inc. report the 2018 turnover rate in hospitals increased to 19.1%, the highest in the decade. The overwhelming majority of hospital separations, 92.7%, were voluntary terminations. Employees leave because they are choosing to. The epidemic isn’t confined to nursing staff. A Leaders for Today survey found that more than 47% of non-clinical admin employees plan to leave their position within two years and more than 42% of clinical admin staff will do the same.

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Topics: workforce training, Healthcare Upskilling, Outcomes

What is the Difference Between Job Training & Workforce Development?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/8/20 11:06 AM

You know that training and developing your employees is vital to the success of your business. The question is, what kind of upskilling do your employees need? Should you provide workforce development or job training? What exactly is the difference?

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Topics: workforce training, workforce development

How to Support Older Workers with Training Opportunities

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/2/20 11:00 AM

People are staying in the workforce longer, some into their 70’s and beyond. For businesses, this longevity can be a valuable asset. Providing jobs for people over 50, means you retain their wisdom, experience, and industry knowledge. You can reap the full benefits of a multi-generational workforce by supporting older workers with training opportunities.

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Topics: workforce training, working learners

Top Skills Your Workers Will Need in 2020

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/30/19 11:00 AM

As we approach a new year and a new decade, smart employers are already looking to the future. They’re considering what skills employees will need to meet changing industry demands. Healthcare, skilled trades, and many other industries are in a state of change and growth. Your employees should be too. 

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Topics: soft skills, workforce training

How Training Can Meet the Challenges of the Hospitality Industry

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/23/19 11:00 AM

The hospitality industry is growing. It’s also feeling the pinch of the record-low unemployment rate and high workforce non-participation rates. To find and keep qualified workers, hospitality industry leaders must embrace training as a solution.

Dara Warn, Chief Operating Officer at Penn Foster, shares some advice for what to look for in a training partner and how to help hospitality employees meet training goals.

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Topics: workforce training, hospitality

Will a Skills Gap Impact Your Industry in 2020?

Posted by Des Sinkevich on 12/18/19 11:00 AM

Is the skills gap real? Whether you believe it’s a business boogeyman that lurks in the dark imaginations of overworked hiring managers, or you see it as a problem for your LinkedIn connections, you might agree on this one thing: it won’t affect your industry. After all, roles at your company are in demand and you have more applicants than positions to fill. For now.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training

Almost 70,000 Learners More Qualified for Their Next Best Careers After Penn Foster

Posted by Kate Coble on 12/12/19 1:20 PM

Spotify’s Wrapped has been shared across Instagram and social platforms like wildfire, sending premium users into a music-fueled trip down memory lane, reliving their band obsessions over the last year--and decade. This sent us down our own rabbit hole, slightly less musical but equally as capable of inspiring an emotional response to our learner’s ability to prepare for their next best career. Here’s a few of our favorite moments of 2019!

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Topics: workforce development, Outcomes

Partner with a Training Provider to Build a Healthcare Talent Pipeline

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

The demand for healthcare employees has been growing for years with no signs of slowing down. To fill open positions and plan for the future, smart healthcare providers are building talent pipelines that will help them meet their staffing needs, which will be critical as the organization grows or as specialized services need to be offered.

What do talent pipelines for healthcare look like? Traditionally, healthcare providers would post a job, interview, and hire new employees, which may take time and may not attract the right candidates. To better address this, many providers are beginning to train and hire within their organization. This might include training non-clinical employees for clinical roles or attracting and recruiting entry level staff with the promise of training benefits and promotion. The goal is to build a talent pool that the clinic or hospital can quickly draw from when new positions open up. At the same time, these well-trained employees become more engaged, providing better patient care. They are also more likely to stay in their position or with the organization, meaning that there are fewer open positions that need to be filled and less time and energy spent on hiring. 

Training employees takes time and resources, two things that are in short supply in the fast-growing world of healthcare. That’s why the smartest healthcare providers are partnering with training providers to create sustainable talent pipelines.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners, Healthcare Upskilling

Building Foundational Skills for Middle-Skilled Workers

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/4/19 11:00 AM

As a business leader, you expect your employees to have certain foundational skills. Some of these competencies vary by industry. For example, if you're running a contracting company you might expect all employees to have the math skills to be able to accurately calculate space and distance. If you're the HR manager at a hospital, you might expect that all employees know how to use your medical records management system. Other skills, like communication, ethics, and problem solving, are so universal that they go without saying. Or do they?

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Topics: soft skills, workforce training, leadership

 

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