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

For the First Time in 200 Years, the Future of Education is Shifting

Posted by Collin Gutman on 5/26/17 5:30 AM

The ASU GSV Summit always acts as a great set of meteorological instruments used to measure trends across the edtech sector. It gauges hot and cold like a thermometer and which direction the wind is blowing like an anemometer. This year’s conference showed that the tectonic plates of edtech have shifted…seismically.

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Topics: Industry News, Education

Witnessing Innovation at the Spark Point

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/5/17 9:00 AM

Last weekend, I had the privilege and honor to be a guest judge for the Open Track of the President’s Innovation Challenge at the Harvard Innovation Labs. The Innovation Challenge aims to support Harvard students on their journeys to turn their desire for a
better world into a sustainable venture. Specifically, this year’s finalists are trying to solve social issues (equitability, sustainability, safety), to respond to the desperate need for innovation within the health and life sciences industry, and to innovate in other areas that
would help a cross section of industries such as computing.

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Topics: Industry News, Higher Ed

The True American Workforce

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 3/8/17 9:30 AM

The face of the American working class is changing. Whereas once the phrase "working class American" conjured up images of men working in factories or on construction sites, today the majority of the working class is employed in the service industry.

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Topics: Industry News, Frontline Worker

Education Deserts: What They Are & What We Can Do About Them

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/10/17 5:45 AM

You’ve most likely heard of food deserts, a term describing the systematic structural inequality of access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods across low-income and communities of color. These inequalities also stem across access to housing, healthcare and transportation.  A report from the American Council on Education’s Center for Policy and Research Strategy has proposed a new term to describe a similar situation involving educational equity and opportunity. Education deserts convey how similar lines have been drawn for educational access based on geography. The report emphasises that place matters greatly when considering going to college, especially for nontraditional students.

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Topics: Industry News, Colleges & Career Schools, Education, Learning and Development

How JWF Industries Uses Apprenticeship Programs to Upskill its Workforce

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 12/9/16 8:55 AM

In 2014, President Obama set a national goal to double the number of U.S. apprenticeships within 5 years, sparking a serious growth trend in the system. The next year, this goal was followed by the administration and Congress investing $265 million in new funding to support apprenticeship.1 As a result, more than 197,500 individuals entered the apprenticeship system nationwide in 2015 to obtain the skills they need to succeed in their career while earning the wages they need to build financial security.2

With middle-skilled jobs on the rise – and accounting for nearly 43% of all job growth between 2013 and 2015 – apprenticeships are needed to help workers learn the most in-demand skills.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial

OECD Report Provides Insight on NEETs and Solutions to Support At-Risk Youth

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/10/16 4:48 PM

Released every two years, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s 2016 Society at a Glance report provides an overview of social indicators and addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. The 2016 report, published just last month, notably highlights the challenge presented by “NEETS” and explores solutions to better support jobless and disengaged youth.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, At-Risk Youth, Education

Why Our Country Must Keep Pushing Forward on Education

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/10/16 1:41 PM

Educators, for-purpose organizations, and employers alike have cause to celebrate. America’s high school graduation rate is at a new record high of 83.2%, meaning more young people than ever before will have a better chance of success in today’s job market. Additionally, African American and Latino students are graduating at record rates, and gains for disabled students and students of low-income families were seen as well. Unfortunately, this still means that 16.8% of young people of the traditional high school age are falling through the cracks, and will have an exponentially lower chances of success in their careers over their lifetimes without a high school diploma. What will become of this forgotten 16.8%? What sort of economic implications will this have for our country?

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Education

6 Tips for Fostering Millennial Success: Overcoming the Hype and Misconceptions

Posted by Allessandria Polizzi on 10/26/16 2:23 PM

There have been a lot of articles and opinions on our newest and highly influential employee group, the millennial. From constantly taking selfies to expecting immediate promotions, the discussion about millennials can run the gamut from the informative to the hysterical.

One thing we do know is that this generation cannot be ignored. According to the Council of Economic Affairs (CEA), they are now the largest and most diverse population in the US. 1 As they will soon hold the keys to the workforce, here are six tips to make sure they have the skills they need to be successful:
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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Millennials, Education

Education Technology and the Modern Learner

Posted by Bobby Babbrah on 10/25/16 3:00 PM

Flexibility, flow, and reimagining how we best deliver quality education to millennials.

Technology’s impact is often felt immediately by its users but sometimes—especially in education—technology’s innovations do not necessarily take place in “a moment.” Indeed, over a sustained period of time, technology is inexorably transforming the education landscape. This transformation consists of multiple elements, starting with the makeup of the modern millennial learner, continuing to how learning is evolving due to innovations in technology, and finally to how the educational experience will need to be reimagined to adapt to these changes.

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Topics: Industry News, Education

 

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