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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 April 17, 2019

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 January 29, 2019

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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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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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 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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Johnstown, Pennsylvania: A Lesson on the Importance of Workforce Dynamism

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 27, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Talent Mobility

The New York Times recently shared a look at how the shuttering of manufacturers impacts the rest of a community’s economy, and it paints a bleak portrait.

Looking at Johnstown, Pa., a town that was long bolstered by a thriving steel industry which has since foundered, the article draws attention to men and women outside that industry who have been affected by the closure of area steel mills. 

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New Executive Order Continues Important National Discussion on Apprenticeships

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 16, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Knowledge Transfer, Employee Training

Continuing the recent resurgence in popularity of apprenticeships, the White House yesterday announced the removal of federal restrictions that, it said, impeded industries from expanding apprenticeship opportunities. The restrictions required that apprenticeships be certified by the Department of Labor—under this new executive order, the task of certifying apprenticeships will be handled by third parties, like corporations or unions.

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When Education and Workforce Meet, Good things Happen

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 9, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Partnerships, Employee Training

Lately, the topic of fostering partnerships between educators and the workforce to spur community revitalization has become a popular one with advocates for economic development.  Indeed, regional economic development continues to emphasize the importance of the availability of a skilled workforce as the number one priority and communities’ ability to develop skills as the key capability that will result in a healthy economy.  And while investing in elementary and secondary education is of course critical, communities cannot afford to ignore the adult workforce.  Even those who are currently employed will need to continue learning and developing skills in order to remain employed.

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Career Schools Prosper in Connecticut

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 31, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Employee Training

The importance of obtaining a higher education can’t be overstated. Beyond being personally enriching, the pursuit of a higher education degree or credential can open doorways to rewarding careers—doorways that otherwise would have been inaccessible. 

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Apprenticeships Blossom in Fast-Growing Green Tech Industry

Posted by Brian Sorenson on April 10, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training

The solar power industry is brighter than ever, especially in regions of the U.S. where coal mining has dropped off. As the costs of solar technology plummets and states provide incentives to invest in the industry, it’s no surprise that, as the Guardian notes, solar employment is on the rise in multiple sectors, including installation, manufacturing, project development, and sales and distribution.

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