Tomorrow's Skills Agenda: 5 Predictions for the World of Work in 2020

Posted by Frank Britt on 1/20/20 11:42 AM

We’re past the point of debate about whether the world of work is changing. The labor market continues to tighten. The shelf-life of skills is shrinking as technological change and the rise of AI transform the global economy. The “future of work” has become a cliche. 

As the pace of change picks up, what should employers and workers expect in 2020 -- and how can they keep up? Following the trend lines of workforce transformation can help us make smarter decisions and unlock economic mobility for workers. Here are five predictions for how the world of work will continue to evolve in the coming year.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners

How to Support Older Workers with Training Opportunities

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 1/2/20 11:00 AM

People are staying in the workforce longer, some into their 70’s and beyond. For businesses, this longevity can be a valuable asset. Providing jobs for people over 50, means you retain their wisdom, experience, and industry knowledge. You can reap the full benefits of a multi-generational workforce by supporting older workers with training opportunities.

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Topics: workforce training, working learners

Partner with a Training Provider to Build a Healthcare Talent Pipeline

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 12/11/19 11:00 AM

The demand for healthcare employees has been growing for years with no signs of slowing down. To fill open positions and plan for the future, smart healthcare providers are building talent pipelines that will help them meet their staffing needs, which will be critical as the organization grows or as specialized services need to be offered.

What do talent pipelines for healthcare look like? Traditionally, healthcare providers would post a job, interview, and hire new employees, which may take time and may not attract the right candidates. To better address this, many providers are beginning to train and hire within their organization. This might include training non-clinical employees for clinical roles or attracting and recruiting entry level staff with the promise of training benefits and promotion. The goal is to build a talent pool that the clinic or hospital can quickly draw from when new positions open up. At the same time, these well-trained employees become more engaged, providing better patient care. They are also more likely to stay in their position or with the organization, meaning that there are fewer open positions that need to be filled and less time and energy spent on hiring. 

Training employees takes time and resources, two things that are in short supply in the fast-growing world of healthcare. That’s why the smartest healthcare providers are partnering with training providers to create sustainable talent pipelines.

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Topics: workforce development, working learners, Healthcare Upskilling

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 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

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 Does Online Learning Work for Working Learners?

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 6/12/19 11:00 AM

You might already be convinced that giving your employees access to training and educational opportunities is good for them and good for your business. Now you have to decide what kind of learning opportunities to offer them. Should you hire an in-house trainer? Partner with a local community college? Provide tuition assistance for a traditional four-year institution? Online learning is becoming more and more popular. Is that an avenue worth exploring? 

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Topics: Training, Upskilling, working learners

 

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