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

An Opportunity Builds in the Construction Skills Gap

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/2/19 11:00 AM

Depending on your perspective, the construction industry is facing either a serious problem, or a valuable opportunity. Throughout the building boom from 2012 to 2015, general contractors and construction companies struggled to find enough workers to do the job. Now, as growth levels off, general contractors and other industry leaders find that the construction skills gap is as pressing as ever. But that problem masks a valuable opportunity.

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Topics: Skills Gap, workforce training, Construction

Church's Chicken Graduate Earns Promotion in Addition to a Diploma

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/30/19 9:37 AM

For many in the service industry, the struggle to balance life and a retail shift schedule leaves little time for chasing career aspirations or returning to a traditional brick and mortar institution. And the opportunity to apply for jobs with better hours, better pay, or greater responsibilities often require a high school diploma. This can leave valuable workers like Chantel Maull, a two-year employee of Church’s Chicken without many options for improvement. But Chantel has a lot to celebrate having recently earned both a high school diploma and a promotion from her employer. 

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, Upskilling, High School Diploma

Graduate of Online Veterinary Academy Joins VCA Animal Hospital as Veterinary Technician

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 9/26/19 11:00 AM

Recruiting and retaining dedicated employees who are a good match for your company, and are passionate, reliable, and talented is a struggle for hiring managers in any industry. In a high-stress field such as animal medicine, it can be especially laborious for practice hiring managers to source, train, and retain skilled talent. It becomes even more so when your candidates need to meet certain prerequisites, such as experience in the field, basic knowledge of how animal medicine works, and - depending on the position - national credentials. Adding to the often arduous and expensive process, hiring managers or veterinarians also must balance the workload for current staff and attempt to ameliorate potential problems in order to avoid the higher than average turnover veterinary practices face.

Whether you’re filling positions at a private veterinary clinic or a corporate one, ensuring you find the right fit in almost all categories can be essential to building and maintaining office morale, improving the quality of patient care, and increasing practice revenue. You’re looking for someone like Jennifer Guidry.

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Topics: Vet Tech, workforce development, Military Spouse, Veterinary Medicine

Training Skilled Trades Workers in Luxury Hospitality

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/18/19 11:00 AM

In the luxury hospitality business, front of house employees are the most visible members of your staff, but they don’t work alone. These guest-facing roles are supported by dozens of behind the scenes team members. 

It’s not easy to find skilled trades workers for your restaurant, hotel or casino, but you can’t successfully run your business without them. They keep the facility beautiful, make it comfortable, and literally keep the lights on. 

Finding and training skilled trades workers to fill jobs in hospitality can be expensive and time consuming. Without a solid training strategy in place you could be wasting valuable resources.

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Topics: Skilled Trades, workforce development, hospitality

5 Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Workforce Development Program

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/12/19 11:00 AM

As unemployment numbers continue to hover below 4% nationwide, many organizations with open positions have found it difficult to find skilled workers. As a result, many are turning to education in order to reduce the need to hire externally; employers are opting to train and upskill their workforce from within. While the return on investment for providing in-house skills training is more than worth the initial cost for most employers, generating demand and momentum for your workforce development program from the beginning is vital to long-term success.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, workforce development, working learners

How to Hire for the Healthcare Boom

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/19 11:00 AM

The healthcare industry is growing thanks to the aging boomer population, new technologies, and the relative accessibility of care. The gap between open jobs in the industry and employees ready to fill those jobs is expected to grow over the next decade as well. To hire for middle skills roles during this healthcare boom, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing care systems need to rethink their standards for candidates.

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

6 Reasons to Invest in Employee Development and Career Pathways

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/4/19 11:00 AM

Businesses succeed or fail on the strength of their investments. Ideally, your investments don't just solve an immediate problem. The best ones have a positive and lasting effect on the success of your business. Out of all the investments you can make -  in technology, equipment, buildings, infrastructure - one of the most impactful is employee development. 

When you train employees and develop career pathways for them, you don't just upskill your workforce, you build a bright future for your business. Here are six reasons to invest in employee development and career pathways for your middle-skill talent.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, workforce development

What is the Key to Upskilling?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/28/19 11:00 AM

You know your employees need upskilling. With unemployment at a 50-year low, and a skills gap affecting almost every industry, finding qualified new employees is difficult. Optimizing your existing workforce is the most expeditious way to meet the demands of your business. 

However, like most business objectives, upskilling is easy to talk about and tricky to accomplish. It’s not enough to just offer training and development opportunities. You must offer opportunities that your employees will actually use. This requires a worker-focused approach to upskilling. It’s not just about what your business needs, it’s about what your workers need too.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, skills solution

 

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