Employers: Setting Clear Expectations for New Hires Saves You Money

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 4/25/19 11:00 AM

High employee turnover is a growing issue in a myriad of industries, from manufacturing to retail, and can cost a company over 30% of annual wages per vacant position. The Society for Human Resource Management estimates that it takes forty-two days, on average, to fill an open position and the cost-per-hire hovers around $4,129. Recruiting and retaining quality candidates is a priority for employers and, in order to find top talent that will offer a return on their investment, some are using a sense of exclusivity to cull the herd of applicants. However, in order to hire and keep employees who are passionate about what they do and who will grow with the company, transparency and inclusivity are a must. “Find a reason to hire a candidate,” Marie Davis, Penn Foster’s Director of National Employer Partnerships, says, “not a reason to turn them away.”

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Upskilling

Watch Roadtrip Nation's "Skill Powered"

Posted by Penn Foster on 4/3/19 11:00 AM

"Skill Powered" is a documentary fueled by Penn Foster and Strada Education Network, available online and airing nationally on public television stations. It will reach over 60 million homes. “Skill Powered” follows three young people as they traveled 3,086 miles over 24 days in a green RV to find out how they can break expectations and pave their own career paths. Shyane, Alex, and Ryan met with leaders in the skilled trades, including costumers, chefs, and welders, to learn that a four-year degree isn’t the only way to find a fulfilling career! In turn, the leaders are invigorated by the enthusiasm and optimism brought by the young adults and get a little something to help them in their own work along the way. Check out Roadtrip Nation's “Skill Powered” here: http://bit.ly/2ODm56F

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Education, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, workforce development, Skills Forward

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

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

How to Staff the Staffing Companies

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/25/18 2:45 PM

Employers challenged by the skills gap are turning to staffing firms to find qualified employes. Yet staffing companies are not immune to the skills gap. Just like employers, staffing companies are struggling to recruit and retain skilled talent.  To continue serving their clients, staffing companies need to go beyond placement and start upskilling and training employees for high-demand roles. This strategy will allow staffing companies to do more than overcome the skills gap, it will allow them to thrive in a whole new way.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Skills Gap, Staffing

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

 

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