Tomorrow's Skills Agenda: 5 Predictions for the World of Work in 2020

Posted by Frank Britt on 1/20/20 11:42 AM

We’re past the point of debate about whether the world of work is changing. The labor market continues to tighten. The shelf-life of skills is shrinking as technological change and the rise of AI transform the global economy. The “future of work” has become a cliche. 

As the pace of change picks up, what should employers and workers expect in 2020 -- and how can they keep up? Following the trend lines of workforce transformation can help us make smarter decisions and unlock economic mobility for workers. Here are five predictions for how the world of work will continue to evolve in the coming year.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners

What is the Difference Between Job Training & Workforce Development?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/8/20 11:06 AM

You know that training and developing your employees is vital to the success of your business. The question is, what kind of upskilling do your employees need? Should you provide workforce development or job training? What exactly is the difference?

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Topics: workforce training, workforce development

Almost 70,000 Learners More Qualified for Their Next Best Careers After Penn Foster

Posted by Kate Coble on 12/12/19 1:20 PM

Spotify’s Wrapped has been shared across Instagram and social platforms like wildfire, sending premium users into a music-fueled trip down memory lane, reliving their band obsessions over the last year--and decade. This sent us down our own rabbit hole, slightly less musical but equally as capable of inspiring an emotional response to our learner’s ability to prepare for their next best career. Here’s a few of our favorite moments of 2019!

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Topics: workforce development, Outcomes

Partner with a Training Provider to Build a Healthcare Talent Pipeline

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

The demand for healthcare employees has been growing for years with no signs of slowing down. To fill open positions and plan for the future, smart healthcare providers are building talent pipelines that will help them meet their staffing needs, which will be critical as the organization grows or as specialized services need to be offered.

What do talent pipelines for healthcare look like? Traditionally, healthcare providers would post a job, interview, and hire new employees, which may take time and may not attract the right candidates. To better address this, many providers are beginning to train and hire within their organization. This might include training non-clinical employees for clinical roles or attracting and recruiting entry level staff with the promise of training benefits and promotion. The goal is to build a talent pool that the clinic or hospital can quickly draw from when new positions open up. At the same time, these well-trained employees become more engaged, providing better patient care. They are also more likely to stay in their position or with the organization, meaning that there are fewer open positions that need to be filled and less time and energy spent on hiring. 

Training employees takes time and resources, two things that are in short supply in the fast-growing world of healthcare. That’s why the smartest healthcare providers are partnering with training providers to create sustainable talent pipelines.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners, Healthcare Upskilling

Healthcare Is A Service Industry: Train Accordingly

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/2/19 11:00 AM

Make no mistake, healthcare is a service industry. In most cases, patients and their families are facing difficult and emotional challenges. They’re away from home, ill, and feeling vulnerable. What might seem like a small irritation under normal circumstances can escalate to a catastrophic event under these conditions. Which is why training employees to interact with patients, families, and visitors is critically important.

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Topics: workforce development, Healthcare Upskilling, Career Readiness

Manufacturing Needs People

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/27/19 11:00 AM

For decades, the word on the factory floor has been that robots would replace manufacturing workers any day now. That day, if it ever comes, is still far in the future. In the meantime, manufacturing still needs people to do what robots can’t do, or can’t do well. 

For leaders in the manufacturing industry, the knowledge that they need employees is offset by the awareness that finding those people isn’t easy. A survey by SCORE  found that 89% of manufacturers struggle to fill open positions, exacerbated by an ever-present skills gap that some expect to cost the U.S. up to $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years across all industries.

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Topics: Manufacturing, workforce development, automation

How Manufacturing Facilities Can Achieve Safety Through Training

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

Keeping your employees safe is one of your top priorities. This should be true in any business, but it’s especially important in the manufacturing industry, where hazardous equipment and shifting technology are a dangerous combination for the untrained worker. An investment in industrial safety training does more than help you meet health and safety regulations, it protects your workforce and your bottom line.

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Topics: Manufacturing, workforce development, Safety Training

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

 

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