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

How Employbridge is Fighting Record-Low Unemployment Rates

Posted by Kate Coble on 8/23/19 6:18 PM

Finding Solutions to Unemployment 

As unemployment rates remain steady and the quickening pace of business drives resource needs sky-high, employers find themselves at a loss. Grappling with an inability to fill crucial roles within their organization, many employers turn to temporary staffing agencies to help them fill the gap, relying on companies like Employbridge, one of the largest industrial staffing companies in the US, to place competent, workforce-ready candidates in their payroll. But how do staffing agencies ensure they have enough skilled temporary employees to meet the growing need?  

For Employbridge, the answer was partnering with national, at-scale online training solutions like Penn Foster to expand their benefit offerings to associates while building the workforce of tomorrow with reliable, skills-focused training that can be customized to meet the ever-changing needs of the workforce. 

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Topics: Education, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, Staffing, workforce development, working learners

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

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

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

Skills Gap Deniers Suffer From A Narrow Definition of What the Skills Gap Is

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 6/26/19 11:00 AM

By now most corporations recognize that the United States is facing a skills gap. Yet there are still some people who refuse to believe the skills gap exists. While it’s tempting to claim that these skills gap deniers have some political agenda that can only succeed if the skills gap is proven false, the reality is that most people who don’t believe in the skills gap are looking at the problem too narrowly. 

The disagreement is understandable. Read a dozen articles on the skills gap and you’ll come away with at least six definitions of what the skills gap is. Some don’t even bother to define it, assuming a clear, shared understanding that simply doesn’t exist. 

To avoid that stumbling block, here is a definition to work from: the term skills gap defines the mismatch between the skills employers want employees to have and what applicants are actually able to do.

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Topics: Skills Gap, skills solution, workforce development

 

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