Three Ways to Expand Learning and Development Opportunities for Frontline Supervisors

Posted by Steve Copacino on 8/16/17 11:02 AM

Your frontline supervisors have a significant impact on your employees, and your overall business operations. Working directly with the staff on a daily basis, a supervisor’s influence can improve productivity and employee satisfaction or have a detrimental effect on these metrics. In many cases, employee turnover isn't related to issues with the company itself, but instead is a result of frustration with ineffective supervisors.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, soft skills

Penske Truck Leasing Upskills its Workforce with Multi-Level Technician Training

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/7/17 11:18 AM

While the skills gap in the skilled trades industries is no secret, awareness of the talent shortage has primarily grown in the past few years. According to a study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to become available (and need to be filled) yet 2 million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled.1 However, not all businesses are taken aback by the widening skills gap, and some began preparing for the inevitable shortage years before national headlines began highlighting it.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Industrial, Skilled Trades

Bridging the Gap: How Schools & Youth Organizations Value Soft Skills Training

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/6/17 10:00 AM

In last week’s post, we looked how employers value soft skills in the workplace. This week, we turn our attention to the “supply side” of the equation as we look at how training organizations value soft skills. By surveying leaders at career colleges, high schools, and youth organizations such as YouthBuild and Job Corps, we are able to get a better sense of how important these organizations see these skills, and what type of training they are currently offer to prepare their learners for the workplace.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, soft skills

Three Takeaways from Penn Foster’s Survey on Soft Skills in the Workplace

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/28/17 2:24 PM

It’s no secret that soft skills have become increasingly important in the workplace, and yet many businesses are struggling to find candidates possessing these skills.This is particularly true in the service industry, an area notoriously plagued with high turnover.

Penn Foster recently surveyed leaders in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries to better understand the value of soft skills at their organizations. The survey examined the importance of these skills, where soft skills gaps exist, and what existing soft skills training employers provided for both entry-level employees and front-line supervisors.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills

The Apprenticeship Guide: Registering Your Apprentice Program with State and Federal Agencies

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/22/17 6:09 PM

In 1937, the groundwork for the registered apprenticeship system was set by the Fitzgerald Act, which officially established the national apprenticeship system and empowered state agencies to register and administer apprenticeship programs. To this day, there are over 21,000 registered apprenticeship programs across the nation and over 500,000 apprentices working in those programs.1 With significant federal support being directed toward the apprenticeship system from the new administration, we see little signs of these workforce development programs slowing down. In his recent executive order, the president doubled the amount of money allocated for apprenticeship grants to $200 million a year.2

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: 5 Tips for Launching Your Own Apprentice Program

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/19/17 1:47 PM

While we often hear about apprentice programs in the skilled trades industries like construction and manufacturing, apprenticeships exist in over 1,000 occupations across the U.S., including Healthcare, Information Technology, and Energy.1 As a proven solution for employers to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, apprenticeship programs continue to receive significant support from the federal government. In fact, the Labor Department is pushing to expand apprenticeships into a wider range of fields, including retail, policing, and more.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades

“The Apprentice” For America: U.S. to Build Workforce with Apprenticeships

Posted by Collin Gutman on 6/16/17 3:31 PM

Earlier this week, President Trump announced his intention to expand apprenticeship programs as the cornerstone of his labor policy.1 He clearly sees apprenticeship as a skills gap solution – and not just a way to hire an assistant in front of a national audience.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Combining Online Learning with Apprenticeship is a Game-Changer

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/5/17 3:44 PM

In 2016, the e-learning marketing was worth $166.5 billion; it is now estimated to grow to be worth $225 billion in 2017.1 With such rapid and colossal growth in the industry over the past decade, it is unsurprising that online learning has permeated almost all other industries, including those historically requiring more on-the-job training and hands-on work. However, as industries like manufacturing and utilities become increasingly high-tech and modernize their processes, so too do the learning approaches used by workers in these fields. 90% of academic leaders believe that by 2019, the majority of all college students will be taking at least one online course.2 As e-learning continues to expand, businesses in the skilled trades must innovate to incorporate this learning approach into their training programs.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

Four Topics to Cover when Training a First-Line Retail Supervisor

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/24/17 2:30 PM

It’s no secret that the retail industry suffers from high turnover - with a median turnover rate of 67% for part-time employees.1 This presents many challenges for retailers, chief among them the ability to ensure a consistently and thoroughly training workforce. One position, in particular, that is critical to train and yet often gets overlooked is that of retail supervisor, employees responsible for overseeing store associates either within a department or across an entire store.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

The Apprenticeship Guide: Altering the Perception of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/23/17 4:27 PM

Dark, dirty, and dangerous. While the manufacturing industry has evolved dramatically over the last few decades, many Americans might still use these terms to describe a factory today. In fact, skilled trades industries across the board still suffer from the perception gap that the occupations in their fields involve dirty and low-level work, without much opportunity for career growth. In the second installment of our apprenticeship series, we will provide an overview of the perception gap in manufacturing in the U.S., why it is such a significant issue, and ways businesses can address the gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing

 

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