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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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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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How the Right Partnerships are Helping Communities Prosper

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 5, 2017

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Workforce Development, Success Stories

Last month, New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman provided a compelling look at the state of economic development throughout the country. Noting the various trials and tribulations of attempts at community workforce and economic reinvention, Friedman painted a portrait of a nation with ample promise for overcoming the many challenges that may hinder those efforts, but promise that’s not always realized.

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Apprentices Are Welcome Guests at Hilton Worldwide

Posted by Brian Sorenson on February 8, 2017

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Recruiting Talent, Employee Training, Best Practices

Recently, we shared an article from the New York Times that looked at the state of factory jobs and the credentialing now necessary to get them. Factories, it turns out, are now demanding the same level of education attainment that most other well-paying jobs demand. But with a four-year degree not always the best choice to gain the skills necessary for every position, apprenticeships have started to return to the forefront as a viable alternative to a postsecondary degree.

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Business Champions to Organization Leaders: Keep Focus on Employee Learning a Priority

Posted by Brian Sorenson on December 14, 2016

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Talent Management, Employee Incentives, Workforce Development

During the closing panel of CAEL’s 2016 International Conference, “The Working Learner: Business Champions Share Key Workplace Initiatives,” business leaders from Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Hilton Worldwide and UPS converged to share their experiences helping employees gain access to upskilling and higher education opportunities. Hilton Worldwide chief learning officer Kimo Kippen, HCSC vice president of human resources Mary Jo Burfeind and retired chief human resources officer of UPS Michael Johnson gave an illuminating look at how their organizations have evolved their employee education options and the challenges they’ve overcome in implementing them.  

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Bridging the Skills Gap from Within

Posted by Brian Sorenson on October 4, 2016

Topics: career development, Talent Mobility, Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Knowledge Transfer

The skills gap—or talent gap—is real. Defined as the gap between the skills a position demands and the shortage of available employees who are capable of meeting them, the skills gap threatens to undermine economic gains, hinder the competitiveness of our workforce, stifle innovation and harm employee morale.    

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Professor Siri? Chatbots and the New Way to Learn

Posted by Brian Sorenson on September 15, 2016

Topics: Employee Training, Knowledge Transfer

Americans collectively check their phones eight billion times a day according to a 2015 study by Deloitte. With that kind of ubiquitous use of technology, it’s no wonder that educators are looking at ways to leverage the technology we already use in order to develop effective learning tools. Like the use of technology that provides career and education advising and pathing, the use of chatbots—virtual assistants that can interact with users, answer questions and provide guidance—is becoming increasingly common at many organizations.

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Apprenticeships are Back in a Big Way

Posted by Debra Steele on August 11, 2016

Topics: Employee Training, Knowledge Transfer

When you think of apprenticeships, you probably think of the old school training model common in construction and manufacturing. Times have changed. Today, apprenticeship programs are popping up in other industries like health care and insurance.

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