How Businesses Can Leverage Tax Cuts to Invest in Employee Development

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/15/18 4:37 PM

In today’s rapidly-evolving labor market, many employers are struggling to attract and retain highly qualified and talented workers. In an article published in Talent Economy, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Innovate+Educate Founder & CEO Jamai Blivin argue that, as a result of recent tax reform, businesses now have a greater opportunity and responsibility to address this growing skills gap by investing in the continuous development of their employees. With the shelf life of skills constantly shrinking and the durability of degrees dwindling, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for workers to keep their skills current.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

New Program Seeks to Close Front Line Supervisor Training Gap

Posted by Steve Copacino on 3/2/18 3:02 PM

As we’ve seen time and again, front line supervisors have the potential to make a tremendous impact on the overall productivity and efficiency of a company’s workforce, yet new hires often receive minimal training when transitioning into this new role. Indeed, 71% of front line supervisors receive infrequent or occasional training, according to a Harvard Business Schools Report.1 In a separate report form McKinsey, only 10% of executives only 10% of executives said that their front line manager training program is effective at preparing managers to lead.2 It should come as no surprise then, that 60% of front line supervisors underperform within their first two years.3

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Upskilling

Heading Towards a Work + Learn Future to Fix “A Nation Upside Down”

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/22/18 11:51 AM

The Future Skills Summit sponsored by the Institute for the Future was held on February 21-22nd this year to help education and workforce development innovators “get fit for what’s next.” The premise of this year’s summit is the idea of a “work + learn future,” to outmode our current “degree-before-work paradigm” which is not sufficiently serving the job market at large. One of the key contributors to the summit, and the overall theme of work and learn, is Innovate+Educate founder, Jamai Blivin.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, workforce training

The Skills that Matter: What a DXL Employee Can Teach us About Soft Skills Training

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/8/18 10:39 AM

In the retail industry, it can be difficult to find and retain reliable employees who have a developed set of soft skills. Whether hires simply don’t work out or leave to look for different career opportunities, low retention rates make finding strong leaders you trust to run the day-to-day operations of your business nearly impossible. One solution to boost retention rates and prepare your employees to take on leadership roles is investing in comprehensive soft skills training. 

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, soft skills, Retail

Why Your Company Needs to Focus on Developing Frontline Supervisors

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/7/18 5:00 PM

frontline supervisor blog image.pngIt’s a scene that plays out on factory floors, in warehouses, and at work sites across the country: a talented worker is promoted to a supervisor position, but struggles to adapt to the new role & responsibilities. While they were skilled at their previous position - which is why they were identified for promotion in the first place - moving to a management role presents a slew of new challenges and requires these supervisors to develop a variety of new skills.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

Got Skills? Lessons For Detroit on Talent from the world of Amazon and Jazz

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/24/18 3:29 PM

Parties often take on an energy and life all their own. Hosting a Jazz it Up in the D Celebration to honor Brenda Jones’ (left) re-election as president of Detroit City Council had that distinct energy that comes from a capacity crowd watching performers up close when they put their unique talents together in creative ways. The Stephen Grady Junior Jazz Trio was on hand at our home as we welcomed over 125 captivating artists, community and business leaders and friends to celebrate the next chapter for Detroit. Stephen Jr. and friends Jake and Rocco thrilled the audience with their riffs on sax, bass and guitar. Clearly, they have skills!

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Skills Gap, workforce training, Detroit

Earning the CDA Gold Standard: What This Means for Employers and Students

Posted by Marie Murphy on 1/18/18 8:50 AM

Penn Foster’s Child Development Associate Undergraduate Certificate has recently been awarded the CDA Gold Standard by the Council for Professional Recognition. As a non-profit organization, the Council for Professional Recognition’s mission is to recognize and promote professionals and organizations that are making strides in the early childhood education sector.

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, career certificates

Retail is Detail: Important Details From This Year's NRF Foundation Gala

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/17/18 8:59 PM

IMG_0544-313798-edited.jpgMy father was a career merchant at Montgomery Ward’s department store in its heyday. Whenever he talked about his job, he always said, "retail is detail." A walk through any retail store in December validated his point: Getting the merchandise mix right in the stores, figuring out how to keep this year’s hot items in stock, the logistics and crush of operational details all handled in the crunch of the holiday push, where companies’ entire profits are decided in the span of eight weeks—all these incredible details push retail veterans to their limits, especially in an industry disrupted by technology, growing online players, and changing trends. All the more reason to capture some of the more important details at this year’s NRF Foundation Gala.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Retail

Following Your Passion: When is the Right Time to Jump?

Posted by Steve Copacino on 1/12/18 1:39 PM

When to jump_blog image.png"Is this it? Is this what the rest of my life is going to look like?" This is a question that many of us ask ourselves - and one that all of us will reckon with at one point or another. It's also a questions that it's irrevocably tied to our passions. Young or old, we all have passions that drive us and that truly make us happy. But, if we're not currently following our passion, be it in our studies or our careers, how do we know when it's the right time to jump towards them?

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Youth Organizations, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

Five Findings on Today’s Successful Adult Learners

Posted by Dara Warn on 1/4/18 6:14 PM

When we partnered with one of the largest workforce specialist firms in the US — a company called EmployBridge, parent of six major brands including RemX, ProLogisitix, ResourceMFG, and Select Staffing, to support the launch of their Better WorkLife Academy, we were looking forward to serving a unique cohort of adult learners.

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Topics: Employers, Education, adult learners

 

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