How Employbridge is Fighting Record-Low Unemployment Rates

Posted by Kate Coble on 8/23/19 6:18 PM

Finding Solutions to Unemployment 

As unemployment rates remain steady and the quickening pace of business drives resource needs sky-high, employers find themselves at a loss. Grappling with an inability to fill crucial roles within their organization, many employers turn to temporary staffing agencies to help them fill the gap, relying on companies like Employbridge, one of the largest industrial staffing companies in the US, to place competent, workforce-ready candidates in their payroll. But how do staffing agencies ensure they have enough skilled temporary employees to meet the growing need?  

For Employbridge, the answer was partnering with national, at-scale online training solutions like Penn Foster to expand their benefit offerings to associates while building the workforce of tomorrow with reliable, skills-focused training that can be customized to meet the ever-changing needs of the workforce. 

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Topics: Education, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, Staffing, workforce development, working learners

Vote for Penn Foster's SXSW Panel & Join Our Movement

Posted by Penn Foster on 8/15/19 11:00 AM

With the majority of the current United States labor market falling somewhere in the vast space between high school graduate and college graduate, those trained to fill roles in this education-gap are often labeled as “middle-skilled.” Jobs either require a degree, or they don’t and those who are stuck in the middle can find themselves locked out because of the all- or- nothing approach of many employers. 

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Topics: Skills Gap, skills solution, SXSW EDU

How Will the Gig Economy Shape the Future of Libraries?

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 7/16/19 3:01 PM

Growth of the Gig Economy

The gig economy, the free market system in which temporary positions are common, has grown exponentially in the past decade, from 10.1% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015.1 The growth of this industry falls to the development of new technologies that enable transactions directly between providers and consumers and the increasing disinterest in acquiring traditional 9-5 jobs.1 More than ever before, people are filling temporary roles including working as handymen, cultivating content as freelance writers, and performing administrative work.

Despite the temporary nature of these roles, they often require new skill sets to be learned. Free educational services and skills development programs provided through libraries have become critical to job placement and advancement for many gig positions and demand continues to increase.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Upskilling, Skills Gap, skills solution, Libraries, workforce development, working learners

Writing Job Postings to Attract the Right Talent

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 7/10/19 11:00 AM

A well-developed job posting is the first step toward attracting the right talent to fill open positions. With a yawning skills gap, and a plummeting unemployment rate, quality job postings are more important than ever. If you’re still repurposing the same job postings you used a decade ago, you’re probably missing great candidates. 

Scan any of the major job listing sites and you’ll find a wide range of styles. Some stick to a traditional framework, while others try to infuse company culture into every line. Whichever style you choose, your goal is the same: to attract the best candidates for the job. To do so, you need more than a list of expectations. You need to help candidates see themselves in the position. 

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Topics: Skills Gap, skills solution, Staffing

How Can Your Business Be More Like IBM and Microsoft?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 7/3/19 11:00 AM

The time has come to rethink hiring. If your company is using the same processes and requirements it was using 10 years ago, you’re probably struggling to find qualified candidates. You’re not alone. Businesses of all sizes are finding jobs hard to fill. Tech giants like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon are no exception. 

The difference is that these companies have woken up to the new reality. They know they can’t just keep doing the same old thing and expect success. That’s why they’ve been changing their hiring practices in the last few years. Maybe you should, too.

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Topics: Training, Skills Gap, workforce development

Skills Gap Deniers Suffer From A Narrow Definition of What the Skills Gap Is

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 6/26/19 11:00 AM

By now most corporations recognize that the United States is facing a skills gap. Yet there are still some people who refuse to believe the skills gap exists. While it’s tempting to claim that these skills gap deniers have some political agenda that can only succeed if the skills gap is proven false, the reality is that most people who don’t believe in the skills gap are looking at the problem too narrowly. 

The disagreement is understandable. Read a dozen articles on the skills gap and you’ll come away with at least six definitions of what the skills gap is. Some don’t even bother to define it, assuming a clear, shared understanding that simply doesn’t exist. 

To avoid that stumbling block, here is a definition to work from: the term skills gap defines the mismatch between the skills employers want employees to have and what applicants are actually able to do.

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Topics: Skills Gap, skills solution, workforce development

The Evolving Role of Libraries in the Upskilling of Local Communities

Posted by Kayla Torgersen on 6/20/19 12:53 PM

While libraries have significantly evolved over the last decade to become more technologically advanced, they have also progressed considerably when it comes to providing educational services to their patrons. This is especially important in a time when 73% of American adults consider themselves lifelong learners.1 Nick Buron, Chief Librarian at a location that serves nearly 2.3 million patrons, takes it one step further and insists that lifelong learning is “no longer a luxury – it is a necessity.”

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Libraries, lifelong learning

Valuing Competency: How Businesses Thrive in the Skills Economy

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 5/8/19 11:00 AM

Imagine a future in which employers focus more on skills competencies than on degrees when hiring new employees. While in some industries, that future may be far off, for middle-skills industries that are hit the hardest by the skills gap -- industries like allied health, manufacturing, the trades, and tech -- this new way of measuring candidate readiness might just be the solution they’re looking for.

Technology is changing the world of work faster than it ever has before. The degree a student earned five years ago, might not translate well to the workplace of today. This isn’t just true for technical jobs. Technology is changing the way we communicate with our customers and within our organization. It’s shifting the daily demands of work toward less repetitive and more collaborative and creative tasks. It’s even changing customer and employee expectations in a way that businesses couldn’t have predicted 10 years ago.

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Topics: workplace competencies, Skills Gap

Watch Roadtrip Nation's "Skill Powered"

Posted by Penn Foster on 4/3/19 11:00 AM

"Skill Powered" is a documentary fueled by Penn Foster and Strada Education Network, available online and airing nationally on public television stations. It will reach over 60 million homes. “Skill Powered” follows three young people as they traveled 3,086 miles over 24 days in a green RV to find out how they can break expectations and pave their own career paths. Shyane, Alex, and Ryan met with leaders in the skilled trades, including costumers, chefs, and welders, to learn that a four-year degree isn’t the only way to find a fulfilling career! In turn, the leaders are invigorated by the enthusiasm and optimism brought by the young adults and get a little something to help them in their own work along the way. Check out Roadtrip Nation's “Skill Powered” here: http://bit.ly/2ODm56F

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Education, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, workforce development, Skills Forward

Penn Foster is a Finalist for the $1B Wage Gain Challenge

Posted by Penn Foster on 3/28/19 2:00 PM

After the Great Recession in 2008, America slowly recovered from a high level of unemployment and businesses were moving toward booming once more. But despite an improving economy, median household income has barely budged since 1999, when it hit an average of $60,000. The median income from the 2017 U.S. Census was reported at $61,372. That’s a gain of $1,372, or 2.29% over 18 years. This incremental wage growth is unable to sustain the ideals behind the American Dream: meaningful work and economic advancement opportunities for all.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training, wage gain

 

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