Lauren Mackie

As a Marketing Specialist, Lauren is dedicated to both student and partner success and provides support through email marketing, trade show organization and content development. A Boston native, Lauren graduated from Boston College and regularly makes time to travel and ski.
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Penn Foster Joins Leaders in Staffing and Workforce Solutions at 2017 Staffing World

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/23/17 2:00 PM

Kicking off tomorrow in Chicago, the American Staffing Association’s 2017 Staffing World conference will draw over 2,000 leaders in staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions to the McCormick Place Convention Center. With nearly 50 sessions led by industry experts and business leaders, including workshops, roundtables, and sector-specific forums, Staffing World seeks to disrupt the thinking of the staffing industry with new strategies and cutting-edge best practices to take back to your organization.

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Topics: Employers, Staffing, Employee Retention, Upskilling, Training, workforce training

What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing? Industry Leaders Weigh In

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/6/17 9:46 AM

Today is the day! Each year, the National Association of Manufacturers hosted Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing intended to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The celebration of Manufacturing Day extends well into October, with businesses and community organizations planning events, such as factory visits and learning sessions, throughout the month.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Skills Gap, workforce training, Employers

RemX Upskills its Associates with the Better WorkLife Academy

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/22/17 2:12 PM

As one of the leading providers of staffing and workforce solutions in the nation, EmployBridge spans over 490 locations and has been named the largest industrial staffing firm in the U.S. With its product being “productive people,” EmployBridge understands the need to embody its core values in daily actions, support its associates, and foster a sense of community. In line with these values, EmployBridge recently announced the launch of the Better WorkLife Academy in partnership with Penn Foster!

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Topics: Industry News, Penn Foster News & Events, Skills Gap, Industrial, Employers, Training

Penske Truck Leasing Upskills its Workforce with Multi-Level Technician Training

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/7/17 11:18 AM

While the skills gap in the skilled trades industries is no secret, awareness of the talent shortage has primarily grown in the past few years. According to a study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to become available (and need to be filled) yet 2 million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled.1 However, not all businesses are taken aback by the widening skills gap, and some began preparing for the inevitable shortage years before national headlines began highlighting it.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Middle Skills Gap, Training, Skilled Trades, Industrial, Industry News, Employers

The Apprenticeship Guide: Registering Your Apprentice Program with State and Federal Agencies

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/22/17 6:09 PM

In 1937, the groundwork for the registered apprenticeship system was set by the Fitzgerald Act, which officially established the national apprenticeship system and empowered state agencies to register and administer apprenticeship programs. To this day, there are over 21,000 registered apprenticeship programs across the nation and over 500,000 apprentices working in those programs.1 With significant federal support being directed toward the apprenticeship system from the new administration, we see little signs of these workforce development programs slowing down. In his recent executive order, the president doubled the amount of money allocated for apprenticeship grants to $200 million a year.2

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

The Apprenticeship Guide: 5 Tips for Launching Your Own Apprentice Program

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/19/17 1:47 PM

While we often hear about apprentice programs in the skilled trades industries like construction and manufacturing, apprenticeships exist in over 1,000 occupations across the U.S., including Healthcare, Information Technology, and Energy.1 As a proven solution for employers to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, apprenticeship programs continue to receive significant support from the federal government. In fact, the Labor Department is pushing to expand apprenticeships into a wider range of fields, including retail, policing, and more.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Employers, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, Training

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Combining Online Learning with Apprenticeship is a Game-Changer

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/5/17 3:44 PM

In 2016, the e-learning marketing was worth $166.5 billion; it is now estimated to grow to be worth $225 billion in 2017.1 With such rapid and colossal growth in the industry over the past decade, it is unsurprising that online learning has permeated almost all other industries, including those historically requiring more on-the-job training and hands-on work. However, as industries like manufacturing and utilities become increasingly high-tech and modernize their processes, so too do the learning approaches used by workers in these fields. 90% of academic leaders believe that by 2019, the majority of all college students will be taking at least one online course.2 As e-learning continues to expand, businesses in the skilled trades must innovate to incorporate this learning approach into their training programs.

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

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

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

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

 

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