An Opportunity Builds in the Construction Skills Gap

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 10/2/19 11:00 AM

Depending on your perspective, the construction industry is facing either a serious problem, or a valuable opportunity. Throughout the building boom from 2012 to 2015, general contractors and construction companies struggled to find enough workers to do the job. Now, as growth levels off, general contractors and other industry leaders find that the construction skills gap is as pressing as ever. But that problem masks a valuable opportunity.

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Topics: Skills Gap, workforce training, Construction

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

Help Employees Balance Work, Life, and Learning

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 5/22/19 11:00 AM

The pace of change in the modern workplace means that your employees must learn continuously.

Gone are the days when a student could graduate from college or high school, get a few months of on-the-job training, and be set for a career. Today, the evolution of technology means that employees must keep learning and developing throughout their working lives. Employers that understand this new reality help employees strike a balance between work, life, and learning.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Learning and Development, workforce training

Opportunity Summit 2019: Reimagining Workforce When Our Future is Right in Front of Us

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 5/3/19 5:57 AM

“There is an old African proverb: If you don’t embrace the young in your village, they will return later to burn it down for its warmth.”

At yesterday's 2019 Opportunity Summit, Andy Hall, COO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, inspired the crowd with this adage at the opening session.

Keep it simple. Start with the end in sight. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, workforce training, workforce development

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

 

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