How to Run a Successful Apprenticeship for Your Employees & Your Business

Posted by Tony Varamo on 7/6/17 1:36 PM

What sets one company apart from others in the industry they serve? Is it their equipment? Vendors? Materials? When those resources are consistently available to all businesses, the true differentiator becomes the employees that make the business run and deliver superior results to the customers. At MetroPower, we understand that satisfied employees create satisfied customers and recognize the need to invest in our people. A recent Bersin by Deloitte Learning Report noted that training and development are the most valued job benefits by millennials, validating the need to dedicate resources toward learning to attract and retain exceptional talent.1

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, Skills Gap, Training, Industrial, Utilities

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: Employers, soft skills, Employee Retention, Training

The Apprenticeship Guide: 5 Tips for Launching Your Own Apprentice Program

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/19/17 1:47 PM

While we often hear about apprentice programs in the skilled trades industries like construction and manufacturing, apprenticeships exist in over 1,000 occupations across the U.S., including Healthcare, Information Technology, and Energy.1 As a proven solution for employers to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, apprenticeship programs continue to receive significant support from the federal government. In fact, the Labor Department is pushing to expand apprenticeships into a wider range of fields, including retail, policing, and more.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Employers, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, Training

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Combining Online Learning with Apprenticeship is a Game-Changer

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/5/17 3:44 PM

In 2016, the e-learning marketing was worth $166.5 billion; it is now estimated to grow to be worth $225 billion in 2017.1 With such rapid and colossal growth in the industry over the past decade, it is unsurprising that online learning has permeated almost all other industries, including those historically requiring more on-the-job training and hands-on work. However, as industries like manufacturing and utilities become increasingly high-tech and modernize their processes, so too do the learning approaches used by workers in these fields. 90% of academic leaders believe that by 2019, the majority of all college students will be taking at least one online course.2 As e-learning continues to expand, businesses in the skilled trades must innovate to incorporate this learning approach into their training programs.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Training

The Apprenticeship Guide: Altering the Perception of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/23/17 4:27 PM

Dark, dirty, and dangerous. While the manufacturing industry has evolved dramatically over the last few decades, many Americans might still use these terms to describe a factory today. In fact, skilled trades industries across the board still suffer from the perception gap that the occupations in their fields involve dirty and low-level work, without much opportunity for career growth. In the second installment of our apprenticeship series, we will provide an overview of the perception gap in manufacturing in the U.S., why it is such a significant issue, and ways businesses can address the gap.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Employers, Middle Skills Gap, Training, Manufacturing

Top Takeaways from ASU + GSV Summit 2017

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/15/17 6:15 PM

Last week, we were honored and thrilled to have participated in this year’s at-capacity ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit which assembled leaders from more than 400 of the world’s most important enterprise learning and talent companies to discuss education and technology innovations. It was inspiring to join the conversation on how we can build bridges between local and national organizations in order to address the skills shortage and improve worker employability and workforce effectiveness. I wanted to share my top takeaways from this incredibly energizing summit:

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Topics: Training, Skilled Trades, Skills Gap, Employers

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

Introducing: Skills Forward Roadtrip

Posted by Dara Warn on 5/11/17 3:25 PM

Yesterday at the ASU GSV Summit in Salt Lake City UT, Penn Foster announced our exciting new collaboration with Roadtrip Nation, an organization that empowers individuals to pursue fulfilling careers, and Strada Education Network, a nonprofit dedicated to solving today’s higher education and workforce challenges, on our Skills Forward Roadtrip! The Roadtrip will aim to engage and inspire America’s next generation workforce while addressing the issue of the skills shortage for high demand skilled trades occupations.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Training, Skilled Trades

The Landscape of the Future Skills Economy

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 3/23/17 2:32 PM

We know that in order to fill the skills gap, a fundamental paradigm shift needs to occur across the workforce development marketplace. Instead of a well-oiled machine working to train job seekers, our current system is fragmented and lagging. But how do we get buy-in from all stakeholders to participate in working towards a new solution? How can we foster local employment market opportunities and fill specific sector needs?

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Topics: Learning and Development, Middle Skills Gap, Skills Gap, Upskilling, Training

How Millennials Are Changing the Workplace Learning Landscape

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 3/22/17 10:00 AM

Millennials now make up more than one-third of the workforce in the United States, surpassing both the baby boomers and generation X.1 Millennials are like no generation before them, and they are playing a pivotal role in reshaping the workplace environment and expectations. One major benefit that millennials are looking for from their employers is continuous training and development.

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Topics: Employers, Millennials, Skills Gap, Training

 

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