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Building a Workforce Strategy in Northeast Florida

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 5, 2018 11:24:01 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Recruiting Talent, Sector Partnerships

Since February, CAEL has been a consultant on a project to develop and implement a strategy to encourage positive economic and job growth in northeast Florida, and to enhance the region’s brand. This initiative, Elevate Northeast Florida, is aimed at reaching the following regional goals:

  • Economic growth: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to increased economic growth in the region by identifying and capitalizing on regional and county-specific assets.
  • Talent development: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to a more competitive talent pool and increased employment by connecting residents to jobs, especially in target industries.
  • Brand recognition: Elevate Northeast Florida will result in a marketing and branding campaign that raises awareness of the region’s assets to U.S. and international audiences.
  • Global competitiveness: Elevate Northeast Florida will lead to enhanced global competitiveness by focusing on strategic investments across the region.
    Source: ElevateNeFL.com

We recently spoke with JAXUSA Partnership’s Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Tina Wirth, about the initiative and how JAXUSA has worked to bolster economic development throughout northeast Florida.


New College Programs Nationwide Prove Reports of Manufacturing’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Trends in Higher Education, Employee Training

Think manufacturing is dead? The growing number of new manufacturing degree programs nationwide says otherwise. As we’ve seen, in many cases manufacturing hasn’t left so much as it has evolved. Now, higher education institutions are giving students an education that employers say they’ll need to handle modern manufacturing demands, demands that have lead to thousands of unfilled positions nationwide.


How CAEL is Creating Career Awareness in High Demand Fields in Tennessee

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 25, 2017 1:42:19 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent, Partnerships, Career Pathing

When we at CAEL think about Tennessee, amazing music,  barbeque  and scenery come to mind, but so does economic boom, job growth and increased levels of education. Now, it will for you too...



The Silicon Valley of the Midwest? How CAEL is Growing IT in Iowa

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Success Stories, Recruiting Talent

The information technology sector represents one of Iowa’s key job growth opportunities. But like most growing sectors, the ability to produce skilled talent in large numbers is the key to realizing that job growth potential. Knowing this, the Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), engaged the services of CAEL with the goal of creating a map of IT occupations which could be used to greater awareness and interest in IT careers among students, parents and counselors throughout the state.


Chicagoland’s Veterans Working Group Draws Accolades

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Recruiting Talent, Partnerships, Veterans

As we noted in February, Chicagoland businesses have been involved in a unique effort to learn from and collaborate with CEOs, HR, hiring managers and representatives from military-connected organizations throughout the region. The effort, the Veterans Working Group (VWG), was born from a collaboration between the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Civic Committee and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and is facilitated by CAEL.


CAEL’s Client Relations VP Lynn Schroeder Shares How to Mend the Healthcare Labor Gap

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 27, 2017 3:06:15 PM

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Transparency, Career Pathing

As we’ve found, the skills gap is a problem that transcends any singular industry or job type. From manufacturing to the tech industry, the skills gap is indiscriminate in harming blue, white and emerging ‘new collar’ roles. 


How Women May Hold the Key to Solving Manufacturing Skills Gap Woes

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 26, 2017 10:55:58 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year women represented 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, yet only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. Meanwhile, six out of 10 manufacturing positions are unfilled owing to a skills gap that exists throughout the industry.


In Thriving Tech Industry, Skills Gap Particularly Notable

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 4, 2017 3:57:55 PM

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Employee Training

The tech industry is booming. According to a recent USA Today article, the industry grew 2 percent last year to approximately 7.3 million workers. With an average salary of $180,900 in 2016—more than twice the national average salary of $53,040—the tech industry is enticing to jobseekers from a diverse range of backgrounds.  


In a Competitive Job Market, Soft Benefits Like Career Pathing and Education Opportunities Are Key

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Transparency, Employee Incentives

Soft benefits, non-monetary benefits offered by organizations such as parental leave, vacation, tuition assistance programs and so on, have become increasingly popular incentives used by organizations to attract and retain talent. Given that we know that monetary benefits are not the be-all and end-all incentives for employee engagement, this should come as no surprise. 


Move Over, White Collar; Step aside, Blue Collar: IBM CEO Sees a ‘New Collar’ Future

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent, Employee Training

As we’ve previously noted, middle skill jobs, positions which require an education beyond high school but less than a four-year college education, are becoming increasingly common. With roughly 53 percent of positions in this country considered middle skill yet only 43 percent of employees suited to meet the needs of those positions, employers now have some important decisions to make to tackle the ensuing skills gap