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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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New Study Examines Impact of Underemployment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 18, 2018

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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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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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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CAEL’s Lynn Schroeder: Tuition Reimbursement Programs Deliver Powerful Results

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 26, 2017

Topics: Talent Management, Tuition Reimbursement, Talent Mobility

Tuition assistance programs are all the rage. According a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 60 percent of American employers offer a form of tuition assistance to employees. Tuition-related benefits are popular for good reason; according to a study by Lumina Foundation, such benefits can lead to an impressive return on investment for organizations.

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Peter Cottontail Has Company: Job Hopping is on the Rise

Posted by Brian Sorenson on April 6, 2017

Topics: Employee Retention, Talent Management, Career Pathing

If a new study released by Crain’s is any indication, any hopping you might hear around the corner this season won’t be coming from a rabbit bearing baskets, but rather from employees leaping to job opportunities elsewhere.

The study of more than 650 employees in the Chicagoland area showed that close to two out of three employees believed that...

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What Businesses Should Consider Before Offering Tuition Assistance Programs

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 23, 2017

Topics: Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition assistance programs benefit employer and employee alike. Helping employees access education opportunities helps them reach personal and professional goals, in turn increasing the likelihood they’ll feel engaged and fulfilled at their current job. Moreover, removing barriers to higher education allows employees to earn the knowledge and gain the skills they’ll need to successfully carry out today’s fast-paced jobs, regardless of where they are in their careers.

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Introducing The Middle Skill Gap

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 15, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management

Middle-skill jobs, typically defined as roles that require an education and training beyond a high school level but below that from a four-year college, are in high demand. Just ask AccuRounds, the Massachusetts based precision manufacturing company that can’t find enough qualified employees needed to reach growth goals.

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How One Company Shows an Educated Workforce Will Win the Day for American Manufacturing

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 1, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management

Recently, we noted the growing trend of manufacturing jobs, roles formerly classified as unskilled, increasingly requiring a post-secondary degree or credential. As automation gradually replaces some positions, skills requirements for remaining roles continue to increase. In light of the increased national attention on manufacturing positions and the workforce, NBC News looked at how leadership at DeForest Wisconsin-based EVCO Plastics is responding to the realities of manufacturing today with an emphasis on employee investment, including providing upskilling and education opportunities.

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