Are Apprenticeship Programs the Future of Education?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/12/19 6:00 AM

Apprenticeships have been a part of the U.S. educational system since long before the country declared its independence. Now apprenticeships are in vogue again. This traditional training method offers several advantages, and many people are wondering if apprenticeship programs are the future of education. 

Now everywhere you look, training partners and employers are talking about apprenticeship programs and how they can help fill employment gaps while employing workers who haven’t yet built professional skills.

Penn Foster alone placed more than 5,000 apprentices with more than 500 employer partners over a 12 month period ending July 2017. Since then, we’ve placed thousands more and added dozens of new employer partners.

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Topics: Training, Apprenticeship, workforce development

Veterinary Technician Certification Offers Opportunities to Help and Heal

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/16/19 11:00 AM

Melissa Holstein is the employee every veterinary clinic and hospital hopes to hire. She’s completely devoted to the work and always ready to learn something new. 

Twenty years ago, she took an entry-level job as a kennel attendant. Her drive to help animals in need meant that she worked hard to make the kennel a safe and healthy space for the animals in her care. The desire to do even more inspired her to keep adding to her skill set. 

“I find that in veterinary medicine, I not only help animals, but I also help people that want to help their pet,” Melissa said. 

Over the next decade, she learned on the job. Soon, she advanced to a technician role at a mixed small animal and large animal practice. While there, she worked hands-on with animals of all sizes. Her breadth of experience was impressive, but Melissa knew there was more to learn.

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Topics: Training, Credentialing, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technician

6 Reasons to Invest in Employee Development and Career Pathways

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/4/19 11:00 AM

Businesses succeed or fail on the strength of their investments. Ideally, your investments don't just solve an immediate problem. The best ones have a positive and lasting effect on the success of your business. Out of all the investments you can make -  in technology, equipment, buildings, infrastructure - one of the most impactful is employee development. 

When you train employees and develop career pathways for them, you don't just upskill your workforce, you build a bright future for your business. Here are six reasons to invest in employee development and career pathways for your middle-skill talent.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, workforce development

What is the Key to Upskilling?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/28/19 11:00 AM

You know your employees need upskilling. With unemployment at a 50-year low, and a skills gap affecting almost every industry, finding qualified new employees is difficult. Optimizing your existing workforce is the most expeditious way to meet the demands of your business. 

However, like most business objectives, upskilling is easy to talk about and tricky to accomplish. It’s not enough to just offer training and development opportunities. You must offer opportunities that your employees will actually use. This requires a worker-focused approach to upskilling. It’s not just about what your business needs, it’s about what your workers need too.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, skills solution

3 Ways to Advance Your Mechanics

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/20/19 11:00 AM

Electric cars. Hybrid engines. On-board computers. Technology is changing the automotive repair industry. Your success as a repair shop depends on the quality of your mechanics. Are they keeping up with changing technology? Do your best mechanics stay with you, or move on to new opportunities in other shops? 

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, Mechanics

It Takes a Veterinary Health Care Team

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/7/19 11:00 AM

As a veterinary practice owner, manager, or executive, you want to provide the best care possible for your clients and patients. But you can’t do it alone. Providing quality care in the modern veterinary health care market requires a whole team of qualified staff. The American Veterinary Medical Association has been promoting the concept of a veterinary health care team for years, and with good reason. 

A collaborative team allows each member to do the work they’re trained and qualified for. When individuals focus on what they do best, other members of the team are free to do the same. Everyone works more efficiently and effectively. The result: your hospital can serve more patients without compromising quality of care. 

An effective veterinary health care team includes five distinct roles. Each is vital to the overall success of the hospital.

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Topics: Training, Veterinary, Credentialing

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

The True ROI of Company Sponsored Learning

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

High-profile business leaders know the value of employee training. PwC Chairman Tim Ryan told the Wall Street Journal, “In the next three years, upskilling will be a required employee benefit just like a 401(k) or health care.” The promise of training helps you attract great employees when included as part of your benefits package. But employees aren’t the only ones to benefit. Your business can realize a positive return on investment by offering learning and development opportunities for your employees.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, workforce development

How Does Online Learning Work for Working Learners?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 6/12/19 11:00 AM

You might already be convinced that giving your employees access to training and educational opportunities is good for them and good for your business. Now you have to decide what kind of learning opportunities to offer them. Should you hire an in-house trainer? Partner with a local community college? Provide tuition assistance for a traditional four-year institution? Online learning is becoming more and more popular. Is that an avenue worth exploring? 

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, working learners

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

 

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