Manufacturers Look for Ways to Close Increasing Skills Gap

Posted by Amanda Barba on 1/23/19 1:00 PM

The manufacturing industry is currently facing a workforce crisis that could potentially leave millions of lucrative jobs unfilled in years to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reports, there are about 488,000 open manufacturing jobs in the United States. While the number of open jobs has decreased month over month, the number of unfilled manufacturing jobs is projected to continue to rise in the coming years. This trend could have a lasting effect on not only manufacturing in the United States, but also the overall economic growth in our country.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Want to Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap? Think Digital Certificates.

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/16/19 11:00 AM

Make no mistake, the skills gap is real. Ask anyone trying to fill jobs in the manufacturing industry. The pace of technological change means that many people misunderstand the skills that are needed, and some who have them don’t see manufacturing as a viable option.

The debate over how to close the skills gap has yielded suggestions ranging from new legislation to hip, millennial-focused PR efforts. Perhaps all of these are needed to create a robust skills force for the future.

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Topics: Upskilling, career certificates, Skills Gap

How Apprenticeships Are Helping Close Today's Skills Gaps

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/2/19 1:30 PM

Apprenticeships have almost reached the status of a buzzword in the discussion over how to close the skills gap. State Senators are introducing bills to make apprenticeships more accessible to high school students. Meanwhile, officials in Maryland are expanding a high school apprenticeship program that started in two counties out to the rest of the state.

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Topics: workforce training, Skills Gap, Upskilling

Do Your Employees Need a Skills Bootcamp?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/6/18 9:55 AM

In almost every industry, for almost every business, finding qualified middle-skills candidates to fill open jobs is difficult. The low unemployment rate isn’t helping. Jobs are harder to fill and keeping existing employees is more important than ever. Meanwhile, rapid changes in technology and the development of new ways of doing business, mean that even existing employees may not have the right skill sets.

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Topics: workforce training, career certificates, Skills Gap, Upskilling, soft skills

How to Staff the Staffing Companies

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/25/18 2:45 PM

Employers challenged by the skills gap are turning to staffing firms to find qualified employes. Yet staffing companies are not immune to the skills gap. Just like employers, staffing companies are struggling to recruit and retain skilled talent.  To continue serving their clients, staffing companies need to go beyond placement and start upskilling and training employees for high-demand roles. This strategy will allow staffing companies to do more than overcome the skills gap, it will allow them to thrive in a whole new way.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Employee Retention, Staffing

Hire for Qualities and Train Your Way

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/18 11:28 AM

You’ve heard of the skills gap. Well there’s another challenge facing employers who have middle-skills jobs to fill: the credentials gap.

For years, businesses have missed out on quality candidates. With a single sentence, they discouraged potentially great employees from even applying. Different companies phrase it in different ways: “Bachelor’s degree required. Associate degree preferred. This position assumes a 4 year degree.” Whichever way they said it, the message was the same, applicants without college degrees shouldn’t even bother.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Employers

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: Skilled Trades, in-demand occupations, workforce training, 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

How Can Staffing Firms Do Their Part to Help Close the Skills Gap?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 4/4/18 4:13 PM

As technology continues to evolve at an incredibly fast rate, the role of staffing firms has changed with it. The average worker is finding it more and more difficult to stay current with the necessary skills to succeed in a labor market that’s requiring more of them each and every day, and the result is a growing skills gap. As that gap widens, the role of staffing firms has become more important than ever. No longer are staffing firms able to simply play matchmaker between an employer and a prospective hire; in order to remain competitive, they must be able to cultivate highly qualified candidates and successfully find homes for them with the right organizations at the right time.

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Topics: Staffing, workforce training, Skills Gap, Employers

 

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