Three Takeaways from Penn Foster’s Survey on Soft Skills in the Workplace

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/28/17 2:24 PM

It’s no secret that soft skills have become increasingly important in the workplace, and yet many businesses are struggling to find candidates possessing these skills.This is particularly true in the service industry, an area notoriously plagued with high turnover.

Penn Foster recently surveyed leaders in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries to better understand the value of soft skills at their organizations. The survey examined the importance of these skills, where soft skills gaps exist, and what existing soft skills training employers provided for both entry-level employees and front-line supervisors.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills

3 Types of Academic Programs that Can Get Job Seekers Employed Quickly

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 6/8/17 11:51 AM

As the American economy has taken on a service-oriented identify over the last couple decades, the job market has become an ultra-competitive arena. Workers today are expected to possess a higher level of skill than at any time in history. Knowledge and skill have become priceless commodities businesses seek out and deploy to gain a competitive advantage. The companies with the most adept employees are the ones leading the way in their market.

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Topics: Power Skills, soft skills, High School Diploma, career certificates

The ROI of Soft Skills Training Is Probably More Than You Think

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/12/17 5:41 PM

Has your business been struggling to find and hire candidates with the appropriate soft skills? If so, it is not alone. A recent study found that 44 percent of employers believe that today's job candidates are lacking the necessary soft skills to be successful on the job.1

The term "soft skills" was first used in an Army training manual in the 1970s. While the term has been tossed around for decades, it has become an increasingly widespread term as the soft skills gap has grown.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills, Skills Gap

Youth Unemployment: Recent Study Findings

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/25/17 4:03 PM

The unemployment rate for youth and young adults, ages 16-to-24-years-old, is double that of the national unemployment rate. This high level of unemployed or underemployed youth is an epidemic that is affecting an entire generation. This is not the only problem affecting the job market. Employers are having a hard time finding the right candidates to fill their positions. The Rockefeller Foundation Study, "The State of Entry-Level Employment in the U.S.," shows that 43 percent of employers consider sourcing candidates as one of their biggest challenges.

The Rockefeller Foundation Study takes a closer at why employers are having a difficult time filling their entry-level positions, with such a high youth unemployment rate.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, soft skills

Discover 3 Ways to Improve College and Career Readiness at NSBA 2017

Posted by Pat Gaffey on 3/21/17 3:27 PM

Penn Foster is happy to be returning to the 2017 NSBA Annual Convention and Exposition for another year. Held from March 26th - 27th in Denver, CO, this national event brings together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future of the American learner.

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Topics: Power Skills, workplace competencies, soft skills, NSBA 2017, national school boards association

The Skills that Set Candidates Apart Today

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/17/17 5:00 AM

There are always lists of the latest ‘hot skills’ in demand. But even the most sought-after skills need to be accompanied by soft skills in order to be desireable. Soft skills give job seekers the competitive edge needed to land a job. It’s not just nuts-and-bolts training; you could be a UI designer or senior software engineer, and still be turned down if you’re not the right culture fit. Here, we examine what it takes beyond knowing ‘your stuff’ and what employers say set candidates apart.

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Topics: Employers, Millennials, soft skills, Skills Gap

3 Steps Youth Organizations Can Take to Better Develop Career-Ready Students

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 11/4/16 11:17 AM

For organizations working with Opportunity Youth, the mission is to position students for long-term employment. Obviously, the thought and work that goes into doing this is more complex than the mission statement sounds. There are a number of different philosophies for how to most effectively train and skill students. But, a common starting place is to look at the data to understand the local economy and determine which jobs and technical skills are in demand.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Power Skills, workplace competencies, soft skills

 

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