Watch Roadtrip Nation's "Skill Powered"

Posted by Penn Foster on 4/3/19 11:00 AM

"Skill Powered" is a documentary fueled by Penn Foster and Strada Education Network, available online and airing nationally on public television stations. It will reach over 60 million homes. “Skill Powered” follows three young people as they traveled 3,086 miles over 24 days in a green RV to find out how they can break expectations and pave their own career paths. Shyane, Alex, and Ryan met with leaders in the skilled trades, including costumers, chefs, and welders, to learn that a four-year degree isn’t the only way to find a fulfilling career! In turn, the leaders are invigorated by the enthusiasm and optimism brought by the young adults and get a little something to help them in their own work along the way. Check out Roadtrip Nation's “Skill Powered” here: http://bit.ly/2ODm56F

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Education, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, workforce development, Skills Forward

Penn Foster is a Finalist for the $1B Wage Gain Challenge

Posted by Penn Foster on 3/28/19 2:00 PM

After the Great Recession in 2008, America slowly recovered from a high level of unemployment and businesses were moving toward booming once more. But despite an improving economy, median household income has barely budged since 1999, when it hit an average of $60,000. The median income from the 2017 U.S. Census was reported at $61,372. That’s a gain of $1,372, or 2.29% over 18 years. This incremental wage growth is unable to sustain the ideals behind the American Dream: meaningful work and economic advancement opportunities for all.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training, wage gain

Why Middle Skills Employers Should Care About the Labor Force Participation Rate

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 3/13/19 12:00 PM

The labor force participation rate might seem like one of those statistics that’s more interesting to governments than it is to business leaders. However, in a tight labor market, with an unemployment rate of just 4%, employers should be concerned to learn that there are millions of potential employees in the prime of their working life who don’t have a job and aren’t looking for one. What’s worse, a disproportionate number of these people are middle skills workers.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, labor force participation

At SXSW EDU, Penn Foster to Tackle the Skills Gap and Talent Development

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 3/5/19 4:58 PM

When engaged stakeholders gather to discuss the future of teaching and learning, Penn Foster is naturally right in the middle of things. We’ll be sharing what we know, learning from other industry leaders, and contributing to two programs at this year’s SXSW EDU conference in Austin, TX.

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Topics: Skills Gap, workforce training, SXSW EDU

How Businesses Can Address America's Reskilling Challenge

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/20/19 11:00 AM

Finding qualified workers is more challenging than ever. A low unemployment rate, the changing role of technology, and workers who are less willing to relocate all contribute to the problem. The challenge is so pervasive in such a wide range of industries across the country, that the Federal government has taken notice.

In July 2018, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report titled Addressing America’s Reskilling Challenge. The report concluded that the Federal government has a unique role to play in addressing America’s reskilling challenge. While that is certainly true, the role of individual businesses and the partners that support them, is no less vital.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Upskilling, workforce training

How to Become a Leader of Workforce Development

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/13/19 11:00 AM

Addressing the skills gap is the responsibility of every business. No one is better positioned to understand the workforce development needs of a particular industry than the business leaders who work within it. By getting involved in the broader workforce development effort, you bolster the health of your industry as a whole and help close the gap.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, workforce development

5 Ways You Can Retain Employees You Upskill

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 2/6/19 12:00 PM

Imagine it’s the start of the new year and you’re looking for ways to tighten up the budget and improve efficiency. You find yourself considering employee training. How can you make it worth the time and effort? How can you determine what you will get out of it?

You might think training your employees too well is just preparing them for a new job somewhere else. It’s an understandable concern. The last thing you want to do is pour all those resources into them only to have them leave in a year or two.

But consider the alternative: you have a roster of employees who have only the minimum credentials to do the job. They’re not growing or developing. None of them are ready for promotion, nor will they be anytime soon. You’re always on the lookout for new people to hire into the leadership roles your employees can’t fill, yet when they ask about things like opportunity for advancement or career growth, you don’t have anything to offer.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Upskilling, workforce training

The Role of Public Libraries in Upskilling and Workforce Development

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/25/19 1:00 PM

If you walk into a public library today, you will likely encounter a very different environment than the libraries of your childhood.

No longer a place just to borrow books, public libraries have evolved in recent years to become hubs of lifelong learning providing classes, workshops, access to digital resources, and even access to the internet for those that do not have it at home.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training, Libraries, workforce development

Manufacturers Look for Ways to Close Increasing Skills Gap

Posted by Amanda Barba on 1/23/19 1:00 PM

The manufacturing industry is currently facing a workforce crisis that could potentially leave millions of lucrative jobs unfilled in years to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reports, there are about 488,000 open manufacturing jobs in the United States. While the number of open jobs has decreased month over month, the number of unfilled manufacturing jobs is projected to continue to rise in the coming years. This trend could have a lasting effect on not only manufacturing in the United States, but also the overall economic growth in our country.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Help Employees Build Customer Service Skills

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/11/19 3:12 PM

Retail isn’t the only place where great customer service skills are essential. Businesses in almost every industry can benefit from helping employees build customer service skills.

Tony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of Zappos put it eloquently when he wrote, “Customer service shouldn’t just be a department, it should be the entire company.” 

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Topics: Upskilling, soft skills, workforce training, Retail

 

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