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Brian Sorenson

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Free CAEL Member Webinar: Drive Economic Growth with Workforce Alignment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on October 6, 2017

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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How Some Manufacturers are Building the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Brian Sorenson on September 7, 2017

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Employee Training, Skills Gap

According to a report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, there will be two million manufacturing jobs that will have to be filled over the next decade, contrary to incorrect assumptions that manufacturing is dead. Owing to the looming skills gap between workplace needs and the existing available talent, the report suggests that an average U.S. manufacturer could stand to lose an average of $14,000 per open position that remains unfilled.

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

Posted by Brian Sorenson on August 22, 2017

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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Talent in the Driver Seat: Reflecting on the 2017 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference

Posted by Brian Sorenson on August 17, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Best Practices

As communities work to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive global economy, the need for alignment between economic and workforce development has never been more important. Today, successful communities of all sizes, urban and rural, are building this workforce alignment proactively and through a coordinated, systematic approach that helps to drive economic growth.

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Why Google’s New $50 Million Upskilling Initiative Matters

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 28, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Skills Gap

USA Today reports that Google.org—Google’s philanthropic arm—has pledged $50 million to better prepare workers to handle the demands of today’s rapidly evolving job market.

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New Study Shows Communities How to Build Career Pathways

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 21, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Career Pathing

There’s no question that obtaining a college degree or credential is generally an effective way to increase earning potential. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted in an April 2017 survey, the median usual weekly earnings for a full-time employee with a bachelor’s degree is $464 more than that of someone with only a high school diploma. (~$2,210/mo or ~$24,218/yr) The unemployment rate of those with a bachelor’s degree is also only 2.5 percent, far less than the 5.2 percent of those with just a high school education.

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Workforce Development Programs Threatened as Budget Cuts Loom

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 17, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development

Last week, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released its draft (PDF) of the FY 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill. The bill, the National Skills Coalition notes, contains significant funding cuts that could have a significant impact on workforce development programs.

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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 July 14, 2017

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

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 13, 2017

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.

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Plan Your Workforce Investment Strategy with the Upskilling Playbook

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 30, 2017

Topics: Employee Engagement, Talent Mobility

Providing upskilling opportunities is one of the surest ways an employer can foster a workforce that remains nimble and engaged. Such opportunities answer the question that’s at the forefront of the minds of organizational leaders throughout the country: How can an organization support employee development in a way that has a positive impact on the bottom line?

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