5 Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Workforce Development Program

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/12/19 11:00 AM

As unemployment numbers continue to hover below 4% nationwide, many organizations with open positions have found it difficult to find skilled workers. As a result, many are turning to education in order to reduce the need to hire externally; employers are opting to train and upskill their workforce from within. While the return on investment for providing in-house skills training is more than worth the initial cost for most employers, generating demand and momentum for your workforce development program from the beginning is vital to long-term success.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, workforce development, working learners

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

What Skills Do Workers Need for the Future?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/13/19 11:00 AM

It’s a truth not yet universally acknowledged that skills are more important than degrees in today’s economy. Proactive employers are reworking job postings and hiring processes to bring in applicants with the right aptitudes. They’re also training workers to improve vital competencies. It’s a step in the right direction. But are employers doing enough?

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Topics: Upskilling, soft skills, workforce development

Training Workers in Customer Service

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 7/31/19 11:00 AM

When you think customer service, you might think about such industries as retail, hospitality, and restaurants. In these industries, training workers in customer service is essential. At the same time, almost every industry could benefit from workers who have customer service training. 

An angry or dissatisfied customer can wreak havoc on your business’s reputation. The customers who make a fuss aren’t the only ones you have to worry about. You might also be losing customers who walk away quietly, or go out and complain to their friends about you. Either way, they’re hurting your business, and you may not even know it.

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Topics: Upskilling, soft skills, workforce development, Customer Service

What Manufacturing Employers Can Do Now to Fill Jobs

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 7/24/19 11:00 AM

When the average person thinks about manufacturing, they picture huge multinational corporations with hundreds of employees. However, most manufacturing companies are small businesses with fewer than 20 employees. If you’re running one of those small manufacturing facilities, you know first-hand how difficult it can be to find qualified employees. 

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Topics: Upskilling, Manufacturing, workforce development

Is Your Practice Prepared to Meet Clients' Needs?

Posted by Dr. Jim Hurrell on 7/17/19 11:00 AM

Veterinary medicine is a booming industry. With an estimated 67% of US households claiming at least one pet in the American Pet Products Association (APPA) biennial survey, there’s no question that veterinary practices, both private and corporate, should be booming. However, with an influx of new pet owners, it’s difficult for practices, small and large, to keep up with appointments and quality patient care without credentialed veterinary technicians on board. 

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Topics: Upskilling, Vet Tech, Credentialing

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

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

 

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