The Role of Public Libraries in Upskilling and Workforce Development

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/25/19 1:00 PM

If you walk into a public library today, you will likely encounter a very different environment than the libraries of your childhood.

No longer a place just to borrow books, public libraries have evolved in recent years to become hubs of lifelong learning providing classes, workshops, access to digital resources, and even access to the internet for those that do not have it at home.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training, Libraries, workforce development

Manufacturers Look for Ways to Close Increasing Skills Gap

Posted by Amanda Barba on 1/23/19 1:00 PM

The manufacturing industry is currently facing a workforce crisis that could potentially leave millions of lucrative jobs unfilled in years to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reports, there are about 488,000 open manufacturing jobs in the United States. While the number of open jobs has decreased month over month, the number of unfilled manufacturing jobs is projected to continue to rise in the coming years. This trend could have a lasting effect on not only manufacturing in the United States, but also the overall economic growth in our country.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Perdue Farms Celebrates First Penn Foster High School Graduate

Posted by Joe LoConte on 1/17/19 3:41 PM

Tuesday, October 30th was a day of firsts. It was the first time I attended a Penn Foster High School graduation, and it was also the first time I visited a chicken processing plant. Not least of all, it was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Bullock, the first person from Perdue Farms to graduate from Penn Foster High School.

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Topics: High School Completion, Employers, High School Diploma

Want to Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap? Think Digital Certificates.

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/16/19 11:00 AM

Make no mistake, the skills gap is real. Ask anyone trying to fill jobs in the manufacturing industry. The pace of technological change means that many people misunderstand the skills that are needed, and some who have them don’t see manufacturing as a viable option.

The debate over how to close the skills gap has yielded suggestions ranging from new legislation to hip, millennial-focused PR efforts. Perhaps all of these are needed to create a robust skills force for the future.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, career certificates

Help Employees Build Customer Service Skills

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/11/19 3:12 PM

Retail isn’t the only place where great customer service skills are essential. Businesses in almost every industry can benefit from helping employees build customer service skills.

Tony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of Zappos put it eloquently when he wrote, “Customer service shouldn’t just be a department, it should be the entire company.” 

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Topics: Upskilling, soft skills, workforce training, Retail

What Types of Learning Analytics Should your Training Provider Offer?

Posted by Douglas Carlson on 1/8/19 11:00 AM

When you select a training and education program for your staff, you’re looking for more than ways to upskill employees. You’re looking for a training partner who can help you realize a positive return on investment for your efforts. By using the right learning analytics, you can not only monitor the effectiveness of your training programs, but also improve them over time. A quality training partner will help you by offering valuable learning analytics data.

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Topics: Education, Learning and Development, Upskilling, Skilled Trades, Staffing

How Apprenticeships Are Helping Close Today's Skills Gaps

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/2/19 1:30 PM

Apprenticeships have almost reached the status of a buzzword in the discussion over how to close the skills gap. State Senators are introducing bills to make apprenticeships more accessible to high school students. Meanwhile, officials in Maryland are expanding a high school apprenticeship program that started in two counties out to the rest of the state.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training

How Businesses and Organizations Battled the Skills Gap in 2018

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/26/18 1:32 PM

Meeting the challenge of recruiting, developing and upskilling talent for today’s most difficult to fill occupations takes strong partnerships and a willingness to share knowledge. By giving people more access to flexible educational opportunities, businesses and education partners help learners build better lives, improve career mobility, and empower them to follow their dreams. The end result is more graduates, increased skill attainment, higher enrollments, and some well deserved recognition for a job innovatively done.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

Are Your Employees Promotion Ready?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/22/18 9:25 AM

An open job posting presents a real challenge for your business. Not only does hiring a new employee cost money, but the skills gap means that finding skilled and qualified employees is difficult. Some companies address this challenge by hiring from within. This strategy brings several benefits as long as your employees are ready for a promotion.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, workforce training

3 Ways Education Benefits Build Better Employees

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/18/18 11:00 AM

The media loves to talk about how big name companies like Target, Chipotle and Starbucks offer education benefits to their employees. In May, Walmart announced a $1 a day college tuition plan that set off a wave of media speculation. An astute observer will realize that these businesses have a bigger motivation than just looking good in the press.

It’s safe to say that these major players don’t do anything without fully investigating how it will impact their business. So why are they doing it, and is it something your business should be doing too?

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training

 

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