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

3 Secrets to Build a Strong Healthcare Team

Posted by Jaime Nguyen on 11/6/19 11:00 AM

With a healthcare boom underway and a growing gap of middle-skilled job candidates, it’s time to rethink hiring practices and move from the familiar, reactive model to one that allows you and your practice to build a strong, dedicated talent pipeline - while decreasing your turnover rate.  

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

How to Develop Leaders in Middle Skills Professions

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/30/19 11:00 AM

Imagine you have an open position for a management role in your business. Which would you rather do? Create a job post, sort through resumes, interview candidates, and eventually hire someone who might hopefully be the right fit, or promote a proven employee who already understands your business and your team? 

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Upskilling, workforce development

Career Pathways in Healthcare

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/23/19 11:00 AM

Paving career pathways for healthcare workers

The healthcare industry has been booming for decades. While consistent growth brings plenty of opportunity, it also creates challenges. The skills gap in healthcare is real and pressing. To continue to meet the needs of their patients, healthcare employers need a strategy to attract and retain middle-skills talent. 

Career pathways should be at least a part of that strategy. With the right training, workers in non-clinical roles can transition to clinical roles. Similarly, new hires for entry level positions can upskill for more specialized jobs. 

When you pave clear career pathways for employees, you do a lot more than help them find their next position. You give them the tools to contribute and thrive within your hospital or clinic. As a result, they’re more engaged and provide better patient care. They’re also less likely to search for new opportunities elsewhere. Career pathways build loyalty, strengthen talent pipelines, and improve outcomes for your organization.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Path

Why Smart Staffing Firms Are Training Associates

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

As the skills gap puts pressure on businesses in various industries, those businesses turn to staffing firms to fill open positions. There’s just one problem; staffing firms are facing the same challenges as the businesses they’re supporting. Record low unemployment rates, weak workforce participation rates and changing skills demands make finding the right temporary employee more difficult than ever. 

The Voice of the the Blue Collar Worker report from EmployBridge found that there are far more blue-collar jobs available today than there are skilled workers to fill them. This means that middle-skills employers, and the staffing firms that supply them, must change their recruitment and retention strategies to keep talent pipelines strong.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Staffing, workforce development

Graduate of Online Veterinary Academy Joins VCA Animal Hospital as Veterinary Technician

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 9/26/19 11:00 AM

Recruiting and retaining dedicated employees who are a good match for your company, and are passionate, reliable, and talented is a struggle for hiring managers in any industry. In a high-stress field such as animal medicine, it can be especially laborious for practice hiring managers to source, train, and retain skilled talent. It becomes even more so when your candidates need to meet certain prerequisites, such as experience in the field, basic knowledge of how animal medicine works, and - depending on the position - national credentials. Adding to the often arduous and expensive process, hiring managers or veterinarians also must balance the workload for current staff and attempt to ameliorate potential problems in order to avoid the higher than average turnover veterinary practices face.

Whether you’re filling positions at a private veterinary clinic or a corporate one, ensuring you find the right fit in almost all categories can be essential to building and maintaining office morale, improving the quality of patient care, and increasing practice revenue. You’re looking for someone like Jennifer Guidry.

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Topics: Vet Tech, workforce development, Military Spouse, Veterinary Medicine

Training Skilled Trades Workers in Luxury Hospitality

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/18/19 11:00 AM

In the luxury hospitality business, front of house employees are the most visible members of your staff, but they don’t work alone. These guest-facing roles are supported by dozens of behind the scenes team members. 

It’s not easy to find skilled trades workers for your restaurant, hotel or casino, but you can’t successfully run your business without them. They keep the facility beautiful, make it comfortable, and literally keep the lights on. 

Finding and training skilled trades workers to fill jobs in hospitality can be expensive and time consuming. Without a solid training strategy in place you could be wasting valuable resources.

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Topics: Skilled Trades, workforce development, hospitality

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

How to Hire for the Healthcare Boom

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 9/10/19 11:00 AM

The healthcare industry is growing thanks to the aging boomer population, new technologies, and the relative accessibility of care. The gap between open jobs in the industry and employees ready to fill those jobs is expected to grow over the next decade as well. To hire for middle skills roles during this healthcare boom, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing care systems need to rethink their standards for candidates.

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Topics: workforce development, Allied Health, Healthcare Upskilling

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

 

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