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How Some Manufacturers are Building the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Brian Sorenson on September 7, 2017

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

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: Talent Mobility, Workforce Development, Employee Training

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: Employee Training, Knowledge Transfer, Workforce Development

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

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: Employee Training, Workforce Development

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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In Thriving Tech Industry, Skills Gap Particularly Notable

Posted by Brian Sorenson on April 4, 2017

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.  

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

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 17, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Recruiting Talent

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

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