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

How Can The Trucking Industry Combat a Growing Labor Shortage?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 5/31/18 5:08 PM

Like many industries in today’s economy, the trucking industry is not immune to the effects of the growing labor shortage for skilled workers. According to the Washington Post¹, young Americans are increasingly becoming disinterested in joining the trucking labor force, as fear of the imminence of self-driving trucks continues to permeate the industry. While such a reality may still be far into the future, the reality that exists today is this: There simply aren’t enough truck drivers to go around.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, in-demand occupations

Meeting the Opportunity of the Solar Power Industry

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/3/18 4:20 PM

The solar power industry is booming. Although legislative challenges still exist, the overall trajectory of the solar power industry is upward. Any company involved in residential or commercial electrical services or any power-related service should be keeping a sharp eye on this emergent industry.

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Topics: Employers, Skilled Trades

The Importance of Upfront Training for New Front Line Supervisors

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 9:48 AM

The time to train front line supervisors is now. In a piece published by Industry Today, Penn Foster's Head of Skilled Trades Division, Collin Gutman, explains the crucial need for front line supervisor training. While often selected to supervisor positions given their success as front line employees, Gutman shares how the skills needed by front line employee to supervisor aren't always aligned, making the transition both "bumpy and jarring." 

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker, Skilled Trades, workforce training

Making the Case for Apprenticeship in an Evolving Labor Market

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/20/18 2:37 PM

Businesses today are increasingly being faced with a similar challenge: The need for highly talented employees is moving at a much faster pace than the skills development of those employees. Rapid advancements in technology have completely changed the landscape of the modern labor market, and organizations have more of a responsibility than ever to ensure that they’re working to help close this skills gap and giving their workers the ability to survive in a highly competitive environment. In Penn Foster’s eBook, “Manufacturing Talent: The New Role for Apprenticeships in Today’s Labor Market,” author Collin Gutman details the work that is being done by several major organizations to pioneer the rebirth of the modern apprenticeship, dispels some common myths about apprenticeships, and offers a blueprint for success for businesses looking to launch their own programs.  

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

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

The Future is Solar

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/28/18 4:25 PM

Alternative energy, especially solar energy, has been growing rapidly as an in demand resource over the last decade. There have been several reasons that have driven this demand. First, the cost of installing solar panels has decreased dramatically. Since 2010, PV installed price estimates have declined by almost 56% for residential installations, and over 70% for both non-residential/commercial and utility-scale installations.1 These price decreases have increased the demand and therefore has made solar installation skills more valuable in today’s job market.

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Topics: skills solution, Skilled Trades, in-demand occupations

The Future of Staffing: Perspectives from the 2017 Staffing World Expo

Posted by Collin Gutman on 11/10/17 1:04 PM

If you spent five minutes in the exposition hall at the ASA’s 2017 Staffing World Expo & Conference last month, you would very quickly get a sense of what products are being purchased by staffing firms.   

Throughout the hall, there was a cluster of background check companies, a pocket of drug testing companies, the major ATS players, the companies that make sure you’re in compliance and, of course, the behemoths of sourcing occupying mammoth booths. Staffing, for the past 30 years, has remained simple in this way. Find candidates, make sure they check the boxes, place them, rinse, repeat. No fluff.  Nothing extraneous. No vendors selling flashy website upgrades, no internal talent profiling, even very few assessments.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, Upskilling, Skilled Trades, workforce training, Staffing

The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

3 Ways Today's Apprenticeships Differ from Those of the Past

Posted by Collin Gutman on 9/15/17 6:56 PM

When most people hear the word “apprenticeship,” they envision the model that Europe has used for hundreds of years – young adults choosing to make horseshoes on an anvil rather than enrolling in higher education – substituting on the job learning for formal education. This Game of Thrones-like image is a completely outdated view on apprenticeship that holds back its development. The modern, American incarnation of apprenticeship, which is experiencing a renaissance in a world of severe labor shortages in skilled trades, differs in three crucial ways from the stereotype.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

 

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