How to Build a Culture of Safety for Workplace Safety Month

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/14/18 2:30 PM

Safety is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. From the C-suite to equipment operators to the office staff, each and every member of your team should have the tools and knowledge to keep themselves and their coworkers safe at work.

Promoting safety in the workplace helps protect your biggest asset -- your people. When their safety is a priority, employees feel valued and respected. They’re more likely to stay with your company longer, and less likely to miss work due to injury or illness.  At the same time, you avoid expensive fines and potential shutdowns that could be caused by major safety issues.

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Topics: Employers, Training, workforce training

The Future Role of Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/13/18 11:00 AM

Across the United States, employers in the skilled trades, particularly in manufacturing, are facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. This skills gap is causing a growing number of discouraged workers who feel as though while there are open jobs, they cannot access them without specialized training or education.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training

How Can The Trucking Industry Combat a Growing Labor Shortage?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 5/31/18 5:08 PM

Like many industries in today’s economy, the trucking industry is not immune to the effects of the growing labor shortage for skilled workers. According to the Washington Post¹, young Americans are increasingly becoming disinterested in joining the trucking labor force, as fear of the imminence of self-driving trucks continues to permeate the industry. While such a reality may still be far into the future, the reality that exists today is this: There simply aren’t enough truck drivers to go around.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, in-demand occupations

News on Unemployment Positive, but Let's Not Celebrate Yet

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/10/18 5:19 PM

More Needs to be Done to Help the Working Class

When the Labor Department released its latest snapshot of the unemployment rate last week, most people sat up and took notice. It’s hard not to note that the unemployment rate of 3.9% is the lowest it has been since 2000, which is a sign that the job market has become even more competitive.

While that number is no doubt positive – as it marks the continuing improvement of the economy – it falls short for us as a cause to celebrate just yet. There remain too many people on the side lines of employment, and even among those working in the tightest labor market in a generation, many are still seeing small wage hikes.

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Topics: Industry News, workforce training

How to Measure the Impact of a Training Provider

Posted by Daniel Swimm on 4/26/18 10:35 AM

U.S. companies spent more than $7.5 billion on outside products and services for employee training in 2017, according to the 2017 Training Industry Report. And for good reason, training improves retention, drives productivity,  and closes skills gaps.

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, workforce training

Industry in Review: Employer’s Increase Investment in Training & Development

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 4:12 PM

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind for education, edtech, and workforce development, but one story has become increasingly prevalent: More and more companies have continued to invest in employee training, development, and education.

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Topics: Industry News, workforce training

The Importance of Upfront Training for New Front Line Supervisors

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 9:48 AM

The time to train front line supervisors is now. In a piece published by Industry Today, Penn Foster's Head of Skilled Trades Division, Collin Gutman, explains the crucial need for front line supervisor training. While often selected to supervisor positions given their success as front line employees, Gutman shares how the skills needed by front line employee to supervisor aren't always aligned, making the transition both "bumpy and jarring." 

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker, Skilled Trades, workforce training

How Can Staffing Firms Do Their Part to Help Close the Skills Gap?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 4/4/18 4:13 PM

As technology continues to evolve at an incredibly fast rate, the role of staffing firms has changed with it. The average worker is finding it more and more difficult to stay current with the necessary skills to succeed in a labor market that’s requiring more of them each and every day, and the result is a growing skills gap. As that gap widens, the role of staffing firms has become more important than ever. No longer are staffing firms able to simply play matchmaker between an employer and a prospective hire; in order to remain competitive, they must be able to cultivate highly qualified candidates and successfully find homes for them with the right organizations at the right time.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, workforce training, Staffing

Making the Case for Apprenticeship in an Evolving Labor Market

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/20/18 2:37 PM

Businesses today are increasingly being faced with a similar challenge: The need for highly talented employees is moving at a much faster pace than the skills development of those employees. Rapid advancements in technology have completely changed the landscape of the modern labor market, and organizations have more of a responsibility than ever to ensure that they’re working to help close this skills gap and giving their workers the ability to survive in a highly competitive environment. In Penn Foster’s eBook, “Manufacturing Talent: The New Role for Apprenticeships in Today’s Labor Market,” author Collin Gutman details the work that is being done by several major organizations to pioneer the rebirth of the modern apprenticeship, dispels some common myths about apprenticeships, and offers a blueprint for success for businesses looking to launch their own programs.  

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

How Businesses Can Leverage Tax Cuts to Invest in Employee Development

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/15/18 4:37 PM

In today’s rapidly-evolving labor market, many employers are struggling to attract and retain highly qualified and talented workers. In an article published in Talent Economy, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Innovate+Educate Founder & CEO Jamai Blivin argue that, as a result of recent tax reform, businesses now have a greater opportunity and responsibility to address this growing skills gap by investing in the continuous development of their employees. With the shelf life of skills constantly shrinking and the durability of degrees dwindling, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for workers to keep their skills current.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

 

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