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Skills Gap

Closing The Skills Gap: Small Businesses Get Creative To Address Worker Training Shortfalls

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
John Arensmeyer

The skills gap is a significant hurdle to growth for most businesses in the United States. And while this gap is well documented in sectors like manuf...

Companies are complaining about the skills gap. Here's how we get closer to solving it.

Anant Agarwal | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Anant Agarwal

For most of us, the traditional notion of the "American Dream" - and what it symbolizes in countries around the world - begins with hard work and educ...

Digital Transformation Demands the Workforce of Tomorrow, Today

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 11.05.2016 | Technology
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Digitization is sweeping every industry, turning established technologies and processes on their ear. Trends like cloud, mobile, Big Data, analytics a...

U.S. Manufacturing, Alexander Hamilton, and the Presidential Election

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

In addition to giving rise to a great Broadway hip-hop play, Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of the U.S. pro-manufacturing movement. In 1791, he wrote a report to the Congress extolling the virtues of U.S. manufacturing.

Project-Based Learning Can Fuel Tomorrow's Workforce

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

By Guest Author: Jim Postl I've in the business world for over 40 years. The perspective that comes with four decades of experience includes understa...

What Wasn't Said At The White House Global Development Summit

Bill Reese | Posted 08.09.2016 | Impact
Bill Reese

Speaking at the recent White House Summit on Global Development, President Barack Obama celebrated a long list of important advances in health, clean energy, and food security made during his two terms in office.

4 Ways to Drive Youth Economic Opportunities in Indonesia

Bill Reese | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Bill Reese

For me, getting the numbers right--particularly when they are measuring young people's wellbeing--is critically important to how we shape meaningful y...

Who Are You Calling Soft? The Value Of Soft Skills In A Tech-Obsessed Economy

Dennis Yang | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Dennis Yang

For a while, the tech skills gap has dominated the conversation around the needs of the 21st century workplace. As globalization and labor automation ...

Auto Industry Transformations, Then and Now

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 05.09.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

For many in America, the sound of a revving engine is like the sound of sweet nothings in your ear. The mere glimpse of shiny chrome can't help but sp...

A Fresh Look at Digital Transformation

Tom Lounibos | Posted 04.27.2016 | Technology
Tom Lounibos

In our digital era, with all aspects of modern life being transformed, the only constant is change. From my front-row seat in the technology auditorium the future is clear. Digital is changing everything -- and we must think differently about everything as a result.

Skills Gap

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.05.2016 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I do not know Mr. Selingo but he's singing my song, one my faithful readers have heard many times before. He makes the valid point that 40 percent of American workers hold a bachelor's degree, and that college graduates are found in virtually every profession.

What's the Last Thing You Learned - and When?

Jeff Ray | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Jeff Ray

If you haven't heard this question in a job interview yet, you will soon. What you learned, how recently, and how often you seek out chances to learn ...

Can Social Entrepreneurship Tap India's Demographic Dividend?

Bipul Saha | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Bipul Saha

India is a young country. At present, 66 percent of India's population is under the national average age of 26 years. In the next decade and a half, more than 13 million Indians annually will enter the workforce for the first time.

Courageous Career Change

Shaun_Johnson | Posted 01.29.2017 | Business

The decision to change your career path is not a choice to take lightly. Venturing into the unknown is uncomfortable, and it is scary. The easy choice is inaction--accepting your career circumstances with complacency. Resolving against complacency in search of something more inspiring requires courage.

Why High College Costs Are a Sign of the Skills Gap Apocalypse

Aaron Michel | Posted 01.27.2017 | Business
Aaron Michel

There are only so many hours in the day, and when a full-time employee tries to enroll in classes, one of two things happen: they have to cut back on their hours at work, or they have to find a way to add a course load on top of a roughly 40-hour work week.

Measuring the 'Gap' in the Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 01.13.2017 | Business
Dr. Bill R. Path

The skills gap is the popular term used to describe the perceived disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees. More specifically, it is the mismatch between the needs of employers for skilled talent and the unavailability of those specific skills within the workforce.

In 2016, Bridging the Skills Gap Is Everyone's Opportunity

Dennis Yang | Posted 12.22.2016 | Business
Dennis Yang

Looking ahead to 2016, one of the greatest challenges I see affecting companies and workers alike is the continued expansion of the skills gap -- the disconnect between the needs and expectations of today's employers and the current skills of our nation's workers.

How Can Cities Help Youth With the School-to-Work Transition?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The skills gap is a widespread problem, but the solutions to it will likely be local, diverse, and community-driven.

Rubio's Insight About Skills

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

As a college graduate, Rubio should have known to say "fewer" philosophers, not "less," but his point is valid.

3 Reasons to Skill Up this National Apprenticeship Week

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

President Obama has used the launch of the first National Apprenticeship week to shine the spotlight on the value and opportunity that exists with the...

True Education Reform: Addressing America's Growing Skills Gap

Dennis Yang | Posted 10.12.2016 | Education
Dennis Yang

What about the learning needs of working adults? Careers span decades, so it stands to reason that you can't front-load everything you'll need to know just in your youth.

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine - The Close It Summit

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.11.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"As global engagement inevitably continues to increase, schools of the future will be leaders in reaching across borders and oceans through these tech...

Closing Africa's Skills Gap and Fostering Innovation Through Technology

Amini Kajunju | Posted 09.22.2016 | Technology
Amini Kajunju

Technology is fueling innovation and growth helping to bolster the global market competitiveness, create jobs and increase productivity in African nations.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell's 'Ten Thousand Hour' Rule

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 08.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
R.F. Hemphill

Not everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here's an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expou...