Manufacturing Needs People

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/27/19 11:00 AM

For decades, the word on the factory floor has been that robots would replace manufacturing workers any day now. That day, if it ever comes, is still far in the future. In the meantime, manufacturing still needs people to do what robots can’t do, or can’t do well. 

For leaders in the manufacturing industry, the knowledge that they need employees is offset by the awareness that finding those people isn’t easy. A survey by SCORE  found that 89% of manufacturers struggle to fill open positions, exacerbated by an ever-present skills gap that some expect to cost the U.S. up to $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years across all industries.

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Topics: Manufacturing, workforce development, automation

Improving People Skills in Middle-Skilled Workers

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/21/19 11:00 AM

When hiring, it’s easy to focus just on the technical skills. Find a Veterinary Technician who can take an X-ray or a contractor who can drive a skid steer and you’ve found a good candidate, right? Maybe not. 

A hyper focus on hard skills can mean you miss out on quality candidates and end up with employees who can’t collaborate, lead or communicate. Soft skills or people skills are vital to the success of your business. Looking for people skills in new hires and developing them in your existing workforce can make a big difference for productivity, profitability, and even retention.

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Topics: Healthcare Upskilling, Career Readiness, Outcomes

How Manufacturing Facilities Can Achieve Safety Through Training

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

Keeping your employees safe is one of your top priorities. This should be true in any business, but it’s especially important in the manufacturing industry, where hazardous equipment and shifting technology are a dangerous combination for the untrained worker. An investment in industrial safety training does more than help you meet health and safety regulations, it protects your workforce and your bottom line.

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Topics: Manufacturing, workforce development, Safety Training

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

 

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