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

Top Takeaways from ASU + GSV Summit 2017

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/15/17 6:15 PM

Last week, we were honored and thrilled to have participated in this year’s at-capacity ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit which assembled leaders from more than 400 of the world’s most important enterprise learning and talent companies to discuss education and technology innovations. It was inspiring to join the conversation on how we can build bridges between local and national organizations in order to address the skills shortage and improve worker employability and workforce effectiveness. I wanted to share my top takeaways from this incredibly energizing summit:

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Topics: Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades

The ROI of Soft Skills Training Is Probably More Than You Think

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/12/17 5:41 PM

Has your business been struggling to find and hire candidates with the appropriate soft skills? If so, it is not alone. A recent study found that 44 percent of employers believe that today's job candidates are lacking the necessary soft skills to be successful on the job.1

The term "soft skills" was first used in an Army training manual in the 1970s. While the term has been tossed around for decades, it has become an increasingly widespread term as the soft skills gap has grown.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills, Skills Gap

Forward Thinking Careers: Veterinary Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/9/17 11:30 AM

As we continue to look at industries with fast growing careers, another that jumps out with no shortage of jobs is the veterinary services industry. In 2016, U.S. pet industry spending was over $66 billion dollars, a number that is expected to grow by an additional 4% is 2017.1 This number included over $16 billion spent annually on vet care. There are many positions within the veterinary services industry that can provide attractive career paths for youth organizations, workforce investment boards, and nonprofits to place their learners. One position in particular that has proven a good fit for entry-level employment is Veterinary Assistant - which is expected to grow by 9% within the next decade.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Developing Talent from Within is Great for Your Bottom Line

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/5/17 4:57 PM

When a company identifies the need to fill a job role or particular skill set, what is the first instinct of management? More often than not, employers gravitate toward recruiting the talent they need through hiring sites like Monster, Indeed, and more. However, what if the talent is simply not available? Many employers in manufacturing and construction are finding themselves in this exact position due to the skills gap in the skilled trades industries. A 2016 Department of Commerce (DOC) report notes that many firms often require employees to have a high level of company-specific knowledge that often cannot be found in the labor market.1 When positions are continually left open, employers must deal with the consequences of delivering products late or turning down work altogether.

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

Three Reasons Why Certified Veterinary Technicians are Essential to Every Veterinary Practice

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/28/17 12:00 PM

In today’s veterinary environment, practices of all types are looking for ways to increase revenue, improve practice efficiency, and increase the number of patients they can serve. While clinics may be considering a number of options to accomplish this, adding a certified veterinary technician can provide practices a number of short-term and long-term benefits. Whether your veterinary team is considering adding your first certified vet tech, or are looking to add to your existing vet tech staff, here are three reasons why you should employ a certified veterinary technician at your practice.

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker

Youth Unemployment: Recent Study Findings

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/25/17 4:03 PM

The unemployment rate for youth and young adults, ages 16-to-24-years-old, is double that of the national unemployment rate. This high level of unemployed or underemployed youth is an epidemic that is affecting an entire generation. This is not the only problem affecting the job market. Employers are having a hard time finding the right candidates to fill their positions. The Rockefeller Foundation Study, "The State of Entry-Level Employment in the U.S.," shows that 43 percent of employers consider sourcing candidates as one of their biggest challenges.

The Rockefeller Foundation Study takes a closer at why employers are having a difficult time filling their entry-level positions, with such a high youth unemployment rate.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, soft skills

Why Employers Should Focus on a Candidate's Potential When Hiring

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/12/17 12:00 PM

When you are looking to fill a position in your company, what criteria do you use to inform your hiring decisions? If you set requirements that are too exacting, such as requiring a specific degree or a certain number of years' experience, you could exclude some candidates who could have been a great fit for your organization. Let's take a look at the benefits of looking at potential rather than credentials when hiring new employees.

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Topics: Employers

 

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