The Troubling Erosion of Trust between Youth and Established Support Systems

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/30/17 9:00 AM

Across America, young adults are experiencing a macro erosion of trust towards established support systems. This trust deficit cuts across all income classes, but it is especially prevalent among youth in traditional institutions, and most acute in the school setting.

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For the First Time in 200 Years, the Future of Education is Shifting

Posted by Collin Gutman on 5/26/17 5:30 AM

The ASU GSV Summit always acts as a great set of meteorological instruments used to measure trends across the edtech sector. It gauges hot and cold like a thermometer and which direction the wind is blowing like an anemometer. This year’s conference showed that the tectonic plates of edtech have shifted…seismically.

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Topics: Industry News, Education

Four Topics to Cover when Training a First-Line Retail Supervisor

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/24/17 2:30 PM

It’s no secret that the retail industry suffers from high turnover - with a median turnover rate of 67% for part-time employees.1 This presents many challenges for retailers, chief among them the ability to ensure a consistently and thoroughly training workforce. One position, in particular, that is critical to train and yet often gets overlooked is that of retail supervisor, employees responsible for overseeing store associates either within a department or across an entire store.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

The Apprenticeship Guide: Altering the Perception of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/23/17 4:27 PM

Dark, dirty, and dangerous. While the manufacturing industry has evolved dramatically over the last few decades, many Americans might still use these terms to describe a factory today. In fact, skilled trades industries across the board still suffer from the perception gap that the occupations in their fields involve dirty and low-level work, without much opportunity for career growth. In the second installment of our apprenticeship series, we will provide an overview of the perception gap in manufacturing in the U.S., why it is such a significant issue, and ways businesses can address the gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing

Top Takeaways from ASU + GSV Summit 2017

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/15/17 6:15 PM

Last week, we were honored and thrilled to have participated in this year’s at-capacity ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit which assembled leaders from more than 400 of the world’s most important enterprise learning and talent companies to discuss education and technology innovations. It was inspiring to join the conversation on how we can build bridges between local and national organizations in order to address the skills shortage and improve worker employability and workforce effectiveness. I wanted to share my top takeaways from this incredibly energizing summit:

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Topics: Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades

The ROI of Soft Skills Training Is Probably More Than You Think

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/12/17 5:41 PM

Has your business been struggling to find and hire candidates with the appropriate soft skills? If so, it is not alone. A recent study found that 44 percent of employers believe that today's job candidates are lacking the necessary soft skills to be successful on the job.1

The term "soft skills" was first used in an Army training manual in the 1970s. While the term has been tossed around for decades, it has become an increasingly widespread term as the soft skills gap has grown.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills, Skills Gap

Introducing: Skills Forward Roadtrip

Posted by Dara Warn on 5/11/17 3:25 PM

Yesterday at the ASU GSV Summit in Salt Lake City UT, Penn Foster announced our exciting new collaboration with Roadtrip Nation, an organization that empowers individuals to pursue fulfilling careers, and Strada Education Network, a nonprofit dedicated to solving today’s higher education and workforce challenges, on our Skills Forward Roadtrip! The Roadtrip will aim to engage and inspire America’s next generation workforce while addressing the issue of the skills shortage for high demand skilled trades occupations.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Training, Skilled Trades

Forward Thinking Careers: Veterinary Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/9/17 11:30 AM

As we continue to look at industries with fast growing careers, another that jumps out with no shortage of jobs is the veterinary services industry. In 2016, U.S. pet industry spending was over $66 billion dollars, a number that is expected to grow by an additional 4% is 2017.1 This number included over $16 billion spent annually on vet care. There are many positions within the veterinary services industry that can provide attractive career paths for youth organizations, workforce investment boards, and nonprofits to place their learners. One position in particular that has proven a good fit for entry-level employment is Veterinary Assistant - which is expected to grow by 9% within the next decade.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Developing Talent from Within is Great for Your Bottom Line

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/5/17 4:57 PM

When a company identifies the need to fill a job role or particular skill set, what is the first instinct of management? More often than not, employers gravitate toward recruiting the talent they need through hiring sites like Monster, Indeed, and more. However, what if the talent is simply not available? Many employers in manufacturing and construction are finding themselves in this exact position due to the skills gap in the skilled trades industries. A 2016 Department of Commerce (DOC) report notes that many firms often require employees to have a high level of company-specific knowledge that often cannot be found in the labor market.1 When positions are continually left open, employers must deal with the consequences of delivering products late or turning down work altogether.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

Witnessing Innovation at the Spark Point

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/5/17 9:00 AM

Last weekend, I had the privilege and honor to be a guest judge for the Open Track of the President’s Innovation Challenge at the Harvard Innovation Labs. The Innovation Challenge aims to support Harvard students on their journeys to turn their desire for a
better world into a sustainable venture. Specifically, this year’s finalists are trying to solve social issues (equitability, sustainability, safety), to respond to the desperate need for innovation within the health and life sciences industry, and to innovate in other areas that
would help a cross section of industries such as computing.

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Topics: Industry News, Higher Ed

Youth Organizations Can Increase College Placement Rates by Offering Dual Enrollment High School Programs

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 5/4/17 12:02 PM

In today’s competitive job market it’s nearly impossible to find a job without a postsecondary credential or degree. For example, there have been 11.6 million jobs created since the 2008 economic recession, and an overwhelming majority of these jobs – 11.5 million – have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education.1

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, college completion, Dual Enrollment

 

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