Emma Rose Gallimore

Emma Rose Gallimore is a content writer who specializes in education and technology topics. She writes content that showcases new talent development pipelines, builds strong communities, and promotes innovative education technology. Find out more at https://emmagwriter.com/
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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

Healthcare Is A Service Industry: Train Accordingly

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/2/19 11:00 AM

Make no mistake, healthcare is a service industry. In most cases, patients and their families are facing difficult and emotional challenges. They’re away from home, ill, and feeling vulnerable. What might seem like a small irritation under normal circumstances can escalate to a catastrophic event under these conditions. Which is why training employees to interact with patients, families, and visitors is critically important.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Readiness

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

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

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

 

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