Hire for Qualities and Train Your Way

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/18 11:28 AM

You’ve heard of the skills gap. Well there’s another challenge facing employers who have middle-skills jobs to fill: the credentials gap.

For years, businesses have missed out on quality candidates. With a single sentence, they discouraged potentially great employees from even applying. Different companies phrase it in different ways: “Bachelor’s degree required. Associate degree preferred. This position assumes a 4 year degree.” Whichever way they said it, the message was the same, applicants without college degrees shouldn’t even bother.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap

Forget Skill Sets: Why You Should Hire for Character Instead

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/16/18 10:17 AM

The skills gap has been making headlines for years. For companies in manufacturing, construction, and other skilled trades it’s more than a news story, it’s a fact of life. Despite proposed changes in legislation and educational structures, many are still struggling to find the employees they need to fill vacant positions.

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Topics: Employers, workforce training

The Case for Tuition Assistance

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 7/5/18 11:26 AM

Almost every industry is feeling the effects of the skills gap. It’s a problem that’s not likely to be solved by educational reforms alone, especially in the short-term. Companies need trained, qualified employees now, not four years from now when college freshman become graduates, and certainly not 16 years from now when today’s first-graders get their diplomas.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

2018 Summer Solstice: The Solar Industry is Looking Bright

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/21/18 9:32 AM

The summer solstice, happening this year on June 21st, is when the sun reaches the highest and most Northern point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere - making it the longest day of sunshine throughout the year. Many mark this day as the beginning of summer – the season with abundant sunshine and warmth. 

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Topics: Employers, Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations

How to Build a Culture of Safety for Workplace Safety Month

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/14/18 2:30 PM

Safety is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. From the C-suite to equipment operators to the office staff, each and every member of your team should have the tools and knowledge to keep themselves and their coworkers safe at work.

Promoting safety in the workplace helps protect your biggest asset -- your people. When their safety is a priority, employees feel valued and respected. They’re more likely to stay with your company longer, and less likely to miss work due to injury or illness.  At the same time, you avoid expensive fines and potential shutdowns that could be caused by major safety issues.

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Topics: Employers, Training, workforce training

Are Millennials Changing Manufacturing?

Posted by Collin Gutman on 5/30/18 9:59 AM

You know all about millennials. You understand that they make up the biggest portion of the workforce, that they expect more guidance and clearer paths for career development, that they’re impacting every industry from paper products to farming.

Manufacturing is no exception. The millennial generation is looking at the manufacturing industry in new ways and expecting it to learn new tricks.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Manufacturing

Meeting the Opportunity of the Solar Power Industry

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/3/18 4:20 PM

The solar power industry is booming. Although legislative challenges still exist, the overall trajectory of the solar power industry is upward. Any company involved in residential or commercial electrical services or any power-related service should be keeping a sharp eye on this emergent industry.

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Topics: Employers, Skilled Trades

How to Measure the Impact of a Training Provider

Posted by Daniel Swimm on 4/26/18 10:35 AM

U.S. companies spent more than $7.5 billion on outside products and services for employee training in 2017, according to the 2017 Training Industry Report. And for good reason, training improves retention, drives productivity,  and closes skills gaps.

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, workforce training

How Demand for Middle Skills is Shaping the Labor Market

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/20/18 4:30 PM

5 Key Insights on the Future of the Labor Market

The ‘skills gaps’ is an acute issue, and is a natural byproduct of structural shifts in the economy. Three major factors are at play to create a job market unique in living memory. First, though the pattern of today generally matches prior generations, the pace of change is accelerating, and the nature of innovation is different.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers

The Importance of Upfront Training for New Front Line Supervisors

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 9:48 AM

The time to train front line supervisors is now. In a piece published by Industry Today, Penn Foster's Head of Skilled Trades Division, Collin Gutman, explains the crucial need for front line supervisor training. While often selected to supervisor positions given their success as front line employees, Gutman shares how the skills needed by front line employee to supervisor aren't always aligned, making the transition both "bumpy and jarring." 

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker, Skilled Trades, workforce training

 

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