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

How Apprenticeships Are Helping Close Today's Skills Gaps

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/2/19 1:30 PM

Apprenticeships have almost reached the status of a buzzword in the discussion over how to close the skills gap. State Senators are introducing bills to make apprenticeships more accessible to high school students. Meanwhile, officials in Maryland are expanding a high school apprenticeship program that started in two counties out to the rest of the state.

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, workforce training

Are Your Employees Promotion Ready?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/22/18 9:25 AM

An open job posting presents a real challenge for your business. Not only does hiring a new employee cost money, but the skills gap means that finding skilled and qualified employees is difficult. Some companies address this challenge by hiring from within. This strategy brings several benefits as long as your employees are ready for a promotion.

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, workforce training

Do Your Employees Need a Skills Bootcamp?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/6/18 9:55 AM

In almost every industry, for almost every business, finding qualified middle-skills candidates to fill open jobs is difficult. The low unemployment rate isn’t helping. Jobs are harder to fill and keeping existing employees is more important than ever. Meanwhile, rapid changes in technology and the development of new ways of doing business, mean that even existing employees may not have the right skill sets.

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Topics: Upskilling, soft skills, Skills Gap, career certificates, workforce training

How to Get Your Apprenticeship Program Approved by the DOL

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/15/18 9:52 AM

Many businesses are turning to apprenticeship programs to help them train qualified employees. In a tight labor market, where many employers are struggling to find employees who have the right skills, apprenticeship programs just make good business sense. That may be why the number of active apprentices has grown 42% since 2013.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, workforce training

At Penn Foster, Every Week is National Apprenticeship Week

Posted by Marie Murphy on 11/13/18 3:44 PM

The growing skills gap has been felt across industries, leaving countless job opportunities open because of a lack of skilled talent. One proven practice for upskilling learners to fill those in-demand roles, especially those in the skilled trades, has been apprenticeship programs.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Taking Inventory of the Widening Skills Gap in the Retail Industry

Posted by Jake Sotir on 8/23/18 3:55 PM

As the United States economy continues to trend in a positive direction, many industries are still left wondering how to fill a surplus of open jobs with skilled workers. The retail industry isn’t immune to this effect by any stretch, as the turnover rate in the industry was a whopping 13% as of March 2018.¹

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Topics: Upskilling, career certificates, workforce training, Retail

Survey Says Apprentices are the Most Career-Ready

Posted by Marie Murphy on 8/23/18 1:04 PM

Today’s tight labor market has been attributed to the growing skills gap, the increase in retiring baby boomers, high rates of employee turnover, and more. Despite all of these factors, there has not yet been a full shift from the must-have college degree mindset to a learn-and-earn model that could better support employers and employees.

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Topics: Learning and Development, Apprenticeship, workforce training

Forget Skill Sets: Why You Should Hire for Character Instead

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 8/16/18 10:17 AM

The skills gap has been making headlines for years. For companies in manufacturing, construction, and other skilled trades it’s more than a news story, it’s a fact of life. Despite proposed changes in legislation and educational structures, many are still struggling to find the employees they need to fill vacant positions.

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Topics: Employers, workforce training

 

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