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

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

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

While Unemployment Rate Decreases, Skills Gap Remains

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 8/25/17 8:41 AM

Even though the unemployment rate in the United States has steadily decreased in recent years, job openings are now more plentiful than ever - as was seen in the most recent Department of Labor jobs report. Companies large and small are struggling to find the skilled workers they need, which had led to a drop in hiring - particularly in middle skils careers. Employers need to take action to address this skills gap and get hiring rates on the upswing once more.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, Skills Gap

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

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: 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

Introducing: Skills Forward Roadtrip

Posted by Dara Warn on 5/11/17 3:25 PM

Yesterday at the ASU GSV Summit in Salt Lake City UT, Penn Foster announced our exciting new collaboration with Roadtrip Nation, an organization that empowers individuals to pursue fulfilling careers, and Strada Education Network, a nonprofit dedicated to solving today’s higher education and workforce challenges, on our Skills Forward Roadtrip! The Roadtrip will aim to engage and inspire America’s next generation workforce while addressing the issue of the skills shortage for high demand skilled trades occupations.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Training, Skilled Trades

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

 

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