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The Case for Apprenticeships in 2019

Posted by Dawn Lang on Jul 26, 2019 3:04:08 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Career Mapping, Career Pathing

For many people, mention apprenticeships and they immediately think of programs supported by labor unions that provide on-the-job training in a technical trade such as plumbing, HVAC or construction. Apprenticeships in the 21st century look very different, though, as more technology and service fields such as nursing, education, IT, energy and the insurance industry embrace apprenticeships. Leaders in these fields see apprenticeships as a way of filling the growing number of middle-skills jobs, defined as jobs that require some postsecondary education but less than a four-year college degree.

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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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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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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.

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How CAEL is Putting Prior Learning Assessment to Work in Philadelphia

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 14, 2018 10:58:38 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

CAEL has been working with Philadelphia Works to develop a prior learning assessment (PLA) strategy with partner the Community College of Philadelphia. PLA, which encourages student completion toward a degree or credential by granting credit for demonstrated college-level knowledge or skills, can be an effective tool for upskilling a workforce. CAEL recently spoke with Sue Hoffman, Senior Associate of Innovation at Philadelphia Works, to learn more about how this project will help Philadelphia’s workforce. 

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Entering the Ring as Higher Education and Employers Face Off

Posted by Scott Campbell on Dec 5, 2017 11:50:56 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Knowledge Transfer, Adult Learning

The crowd files into the classroom. As they take their seats, the contenders emerge and go to their respective corners. In this corner, the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) of Universities and Colleges. Their opponent, hiring managers and employers. The stakes are high for the audience of adult learners who have returned to college, balancing financial and family obligations with the potential benefits of degree completion.

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Reflecting on What We Learned from the IEDC 2017 Conference

Posted by Joel Simon on Nov 3, 2017 11:17:37 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Best Practices

With the theme “Going Global,” the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) held its 2017 gathering in Toronto. As we consider how economic development trends impact any given local or regional workforce, globalization is an idea that sparks fears of offshoring, downward pressure on wages and changes to labor markets that can leave many unconnected to that global economy and the prosperity that it makes available to some.

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Free CAEL Member Webinar: Drive Economic Growth with Workforce Alignment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 6, 2017 1:28:36 PM

Topics: Workforce Development, CAEL Members, Webinar

As communities work to differentiate themselves in a competitive global economy, alignment between economic and workforce development is essential. Successful communities, urban or rural, large or small, are proactively building this workforce alignment through a coordinated, systematic approach that helps to drive economic growth.

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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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