The Future of Work for Middle Skills America

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/15/18 3:17 PM

Employers in the United States have a problem. The skills gap, the space between what job seekers know and what employers need them to know, is widening, especially for middle-skills workers. Educational institutions offer degrees, but no guarantee that those credentials will lead to actual jobs for their graduates. Staffing agencies and workforce boards are operating in their individual silos, often relying on outdated philosophies.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, Middle Skills Gap

At Penn Foster, Every Week is National Apprenticeship Week

Posted by Marie Murphy on 11/13/18 3:44 PM

The growing skills gap has been felt across industries, leaving countless job opportunities open because of a lack of skilled talent. One proven practice for upskilling learners to fill those in-demand roles, especially those in the skilled trades, has been apprenticeship programs.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

The Future Role of Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/13/18 11:00 AM

Across the United States, employers in the skilled trades, particularly in manufacturing, are facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. This skills gap is causing a growing number of discouraged workers who feel as though while there are open jobs, they cannot access them without specialized training or education.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training

Is a 4-Year Degree for Everyone?

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/7/18 1:27 PM

In recent years, obtaining a college diploma has become the standard for entering the workforce. However, multiple competing forces within both the education and job market have begun to render this “standard” down to an option for some, but not all.

Recently, the New York Times featured a study on the return on investment of college degrees across different demographics in the United States. The conclusion of those results included that for some people, the economic benefit is not always evident.1 In conjunction with the decline in undergraduate enrollment, down for the sixth year in a row, the value of a four year degree may be lowering.2

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Topics: Industry News, Middle Skills Gap

Are Millennials Changing Manufacturing?

Posted by Collin Gutman on 5/30/18 9:59 AM

You know all about millennials. You understand that they make up the biggest portion of the workforce, that they expect more guidance and clearer paths for career development, that they’re impacting every industry from paper products to farming.

Manufacturing is no exception. The millennial generation is looking at the manufacturing industry in new ways and expecting it to learn new tricks.

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Topics: Employers, Manufacturing, Middle Skills Gap

Survey Shows Top Workforce Challenges in Skilled Trades

Posted by Marie Murphy on 5/24/18 10:03 AM

Recently, the Labor Department shared exciting news about the US job market, boasting a 3.9% unemployment rate. An achievement certainly, but for many employers, the low unemployment means stiffer competition for their labor force. In the skilled trades industry particularly, this means employers must differentiate themselves to maintain a skilled workforce and talent pipeline, all while also combatting other workforce challenges related to the skills gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Learning and Development

How Demand for Middle Skills is Shaping the Labor Market

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/20/18 4:30 PM

5 Key Insights on the Future of the Labor Market

The ‘skills gaps’ is an acute issue, and is a natural byproduct of structural shifts in the economy. Three major factors are at play to create a job market unique in living memory. First, though the pattern of today generally matches prior generations, the pace of change is accelerating, and the nature of innovation is different.

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Topics: Employers, Middle Skills Gap

Dynamics of the Workforce Development Industry: An Interview with Frank Britt

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/10/18 4:06 PM

The time has come to serve the middle skilled workforce in the United States. In an interview with Todd Hand of Boston Search Group, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt explains the recent trends and future outlook for the workforce development industry. Highlighting the importance of upskilling and investing in the middle skilled, or “gray collar,” cohort of workers, Britt’s interview focuses on how organizations are finally becoming aware of this need for workforce development.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Upskilling, Middle Skills Gap

Workforce Participation: A Missing Link in Closing the Skills Gap

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/9/18 3:47 PM

How to Work Together to Encourage – and Better Train – Workers Sitting on the Side Lines of a Full Employment Economy

The Labor Department’s latest monthly jobs report, this one covering March 2018, was out on the street Friday. And frankly, not a lot has changed: the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month, and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.6 million, also did not budge much.
 
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Topics: Skills Gap, Industry News, Middle Skills Gap

February Job Report Signals an Even Stronger Reason to Tackle the Skills Gap

Posted by Frank Britt on 3/9/18 3:05 PM

One of the great things about our country is that we are not just defined by what’s happened in the past, we’re also shaped by the possibilities of the future.  So, on a day that is the ultimate definition of the “present,” the monthly release of the Labor Department’s jobs report, I think we should celebrate – but only for a quick moment – the positive numbers and look ahead to what we can all do to make the jobs environment even better in that future we can still invent.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Upskilling, Industry News, Middle Skills Gap

 

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