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Join us in New Orleans from November 3 to 5, 2020 for our annual CAEL Conference

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Skills Gaps Can Shrink: CAEL Brings Community and Industry Stakeholders Together, from New York City to Houston

Posted by Matthew DeMarco on Apr 17, 2019 4:39:22 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management, Employee Training, Skills Gap

Linking learning and work is not a one-size-fits-all process. Aligning the interests and actions of multiple parties—including job seekers, industry stakeholders, regional government and workforce bodies, and educational institutions—is a challenging task, but the results can significantly improve outcomes for all of the players involved.

Recently, CAEL has undertaken multiple projects to enhance workforce pipelines by connecting job seekers with the training they need so they can fill the jobs their regions are known for, as well as to enter career paths those job seekers might not have even considered previously, providing new sources of talent for employers who are in need of skilled people.

We sat down with Lewis Brown, director of client relations here at CAEL, to discuss two of the recent projects that CAEL has pursued in partnership with the petrochemical industry in Texas and the financial services sector in New York City.


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Amazon's HQ2: A Lesson in Skills Gaps

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jan 29, 2019 9:33:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management, Employee Training, Skills Gap

Amazon announced its choices for the coveted HQ2 locations more than two months ago, and the decision continues to elicit commentary nationwide. Of course, given everything at stake—Amazon says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 new jobs across the two locations—it’s no surprise that the decision continues to be a topic of discussion.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attributed his company’s decision to open its additional headquarters in Northern Virginia and New York City to the supply of “world-class talent” in both areas. Framed that way, it’s easy to see how leaders in other communities—not just those that were in the running for HQ2, but also those that have future aspirations to invite such economic development to their regions—could come away from Amazon’s decision second-guessing their own talent pipelines.

If economic heavyweights like Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas failed to win over Amazon, how are other communities to compete?

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A Modern-day Rosetta Stone for the Future of Work

Posted by Michelle R. Weise on Oct 17, 2018 9:25:33 AM

Topics: Talent Management, Adult Learning, Employee Training, Baby Boomers, Millennials, Skills Gap

Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She is the senior vice president of workforce strategies for Strada Education Network and is also the Chief Innovation Officer. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to promising and meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives.
 
Join Michelle R. Weise this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores key findings from recent research.
 

 
Policymakers, educators and employers are vigorously debating how best to prepare Americans for the future of work. There are those who believe that the “hard” skills of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are most critical to the future, and those who believe the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts are the ones that will endure in the face of automation. At Strada Institute for the Future of Work, we say, “both, and.” It is the integration of human and technical skills that will provide the best preparation for the future of work: programing and ethics; artificial intelligence (AI) and emotional intelligence; logic with values and judgment.
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America’s Employers Value Skills and Experience

Posted by Carol D'Amico on Oct 8, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Topics: Employee Retention, Talent Management, Adult Learning, Employee Training

Carol D'Amico is the executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy for the Strada Education Network. She is is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development and business-led involvement in education reform.
 
Join Carol D’Amico this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores these insights and shares new findings from Strada and Gallup’s research on pathways from education to employment.
 

 
There’s good news for experiential learners! Hiring professionals focus on a job applicant’s personal and technical skills, their interview presentation and previous work experience when making hiring decisions, according to a new national survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup. This will come as no surprise to CAEL members, who understand the often-overlooked value of previous work experience. This is just one finding about the value and relevance of experiential learning from the survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup.
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New Study Examines Impact of Underemployment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 18, 2018 10:37:02 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management, Employee Motivation

Underemployment is commonly thought of as a short-term issue for recent college graduates who, after gaining some experience in a position they’re overqualified for, soon move on to careers befitting their qualifications. Unfortunately, underemployment can be a far more harmful, longer-lasting issue than is commonly recognized. 

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Considering Career Pathing? Your Organization Might Be Better Prepared for it Than You Think

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Aug 22, 2017 1:39:27 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Talent Management, Career Pathing

If you were to ask 100 organizational leaders about what stands in their way of implementing a new talent management strategy like career pathing, you might get 100 unique answers. But as diverse as the responses you receive may be, most of them can be summed up with one area of concern: Uncertainty about sufficient cultural support within the organization to ensure success of the new strategy.

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CAEL and JPMorgan Chase Bring 7,500 Rewarding Financial Services Jobs to the Forefront with BankingOnMyCareer.com

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 14, 2017 10:49:30 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Talent Management, Partnerships, CAEL News, career development

As we reported last month, CAEL has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to create a powerful new platform to help New Yorkers gain insight into the 7,500 positions in the area’s lucrative financial services sector: BankingOnMyCareer.com.

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CAEL’s Lynn Schroeder: Tuition Reimbursement Programs Deliver Powerful Results

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Talent Management, Tuition Reimbursement, Talent Mobility

Tuition assistance programs are all the rage. According a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 60 percent of American employers offer a form of tuition assistance to employees. Tuition-related benefits are popular for good reason; according to a study by Lumina Foundation, such benefits can lead to an impressive return on investment for organizations.

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Peter Cottontail Has Company: Job Hopping is on the Rise

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 6, 2017 9:21:54 AM

Topics: Employee Retention, Talent Management, Career Pathing

If a new study released by Crain’s is any indication, any hopping you might hear around the corner this season won’t be coming from a rabbit bearing baskets, but rather from employees leaping to job opportunities elsewhere.

The study of more than 650 employees in the Chicagoland area showed that close to two out of three employees believed that changing companies was the only way to achieve the career advancement they seek.

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What Businesses Should Consider Before Offering Tuition Assistance Programs

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 23, 2017 1:32:38 PM

Topics: Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition assistance programs benefit employer and employee alike. Helping employees access education opportunities helps them reach personal and professional goals, in turn increasing the likelihood they’ll feel engaged and fulfilled at their current job. Moreover, removing barriers to higher education allows employees to earn the knowledge and gain the skills they’ll need to successfully carry out today’s fast-paced jobs, regardless of where they are in their careers.

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