How Businesses Can Address America's Reskilling Challenge

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/20/19 11:00 AM

Finding qualified workers is more challenging than ever. A low unemployment rate, the changing role of technology, and workers who are less willing to relocate all contribute to the problem. The challenge is so pervasive in such a wide range of industries across the country, that the Federal government has taken notice.

In July 2018, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report titled Addressing America’s Reskilling Challenge. The report concluded that the Federal government has a unique role to play in addressing America’s reskilling challenge. While that is certainly true, the role of individual businesses and the partners that support them, is no less vital.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Upskilling, workforce training

How to Become a Leader of Workforce Development

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/13/19 11:00 AM

Addressing the skills gap is the responsibility of every business. No one is better positioned to understand the workforce development needs of a particular industry than the business leaders who work within it. By getting involved in the broader workforce development effort, you bolster the health of your industry as a whole and help close the gap.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, workforce development

5 Ways You Can Retain Employees You Upskill

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/6/19 12:00 PM

Imagine it’s the start of the new year and you’re looking for ways to tighten up the budget and improve efficiency. You find yourself considering employee training. How can you make it worth the time and effort? How can you determine what you will get out of it?

You might think training your employees too well is just preparing them for a new job somewhere else. It’s an understandable concern. The last thing you want to do is pour all those resources into them only to have them leave in a year or two.

But consider the alternative: you have a roster of employees who have only the minimum credentials to do the job. They’re not growing or developing. None of them are ready for promotion, nor will they be anytime soon. You’re always on the lookout for new people to hire into the leadership roles your employees can’t fill, yet when they ask about things like opportunity for advancement or career growth, you don’t have anything to offer.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Upskilling, workforce training

3 Ways to Stay Competitive in the 2019 Hiring Market

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/30/19 11:00 AM

The United States ended 2018 with some of the lowest unemployment rates seen in decades. This great news for the economy brings challenges for businesses trying to fill open positions or expand their workforce. Coupled with the low employment rate, the skills gap has also made hiring all the more difficult for employers. Tackling these challenges starts with exploring new strategies to help your business stay competitive in the 2019 hiring market.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, Staffing

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

 

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