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Skills Gap

Desk Job Blues: Rethinking Middle-Skill Jobs

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The perception about blue-collar careers won't change until students are better informed about the opportunities, and the truth, about what awaits them in the workforce.

The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here's What They Want to Do About It

John Arensmeyer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Addressing the skills gap is vital to our economy, and small businesses are a big part of the solution. Small employers already support the steps needed to make a difference, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs and more.

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

Building Careers

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Now with the economy bouncing back, the volume of construction projects is increasing and will only continue to rise, especially in the lodging, office, commercial, gas and manufacturing areas. Unfortunately, the construction workforce has not had the same rebound.

Partnerships That Put America Back to Work

Fred Dedrick | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Fred Dedrick

At a time when the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. is at its highest and public approval of Congress is at its lowest, it is heartening to see some renewed focus on significant workforce development issues.

The US Manufacturing Industry Is Growing; Here's How to Keep It Strong

Keosha Varela | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Keosha Varela

While China and other countries face challenges to their once-burgeoning manufacturing sector, all signs in the US are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Rep. Suzan DelBene

We have seen that smart investments in workforce-development initiatives, backed by strong accountability measures, can deliver the kind of broad-based prosperity that Americans remember from the 1990s. It's time for Congress to get back to making those investments a priority.

Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

Vince Bertram | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Vince Bertram

It is critical that we take America's skills crisis into our own hands. We have the opportunity to change course by engaging students in STEM learning and training the next generation workforce that America will rely on. Early adopters of this strategy are reaping the benefits.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Our nation was built on several principles, including the desire for democracy, the ideal of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. That emphasis on skilled labor has become a cornerstone of the U.S. workforce.

Addressing the Workforce Education Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.06.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

You may have heard the term "skills gap" used to describe the disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees, but you may not be as familiar with the term "education gap" as it relates to the workforce.

Taking a Cue from Forrest Gump to Help Veterans

Gary Sinise | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Sinise

While most veterans transition back to civilian life successfully, many still struggle. Securing steady employment in a rewarding, lucrative and long-term career is an enormous part of that transition.

Understanding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Avi Yashchin | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Avi Yashchin

The authorization for the statute expired in 2003; since then attempts to reauthorize the legislation were undertaken in both the House and Senate which culminated in the act that was passed last month.

Advising Students About College in This New Economy

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?

A Rare Bipartisan Bill Passes Congress

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Mark Edwards

After years of delays and divisiveness, the passage on Wednesday of a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act by an incredible majority of 415-6 in the House of Representatives, and by an overwhelming margin last month in the Senate, 95-3, represents a rare example of genuine bipartisanship, one that must be savored and built upon.

Why Digital Skills Are Crucial For European Job-Seekers

Alexander Riedl | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Alexander Riedl

Nearly 6 million people under age 25 are currently out of work in Europe. At the same time, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled positions in information and communication technology (ICT) by 2020 if we don't take action.

Ban the Box: What's Next? Ban the Job Application?

Ira Wolfe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

While Ban the Box at first seemed to me like just more social activist and civil liberties intrusion into my life as a business owner, the discussion opened my eyes to an even bigger hurdle standing in the way of improving employee screening and selection.

Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Closing the skills gap can be done by increasing the demand for workers, upgrading worker skills, and increasing the supply of workers who are available. We simply must get our public schools actively engaged in this quest.

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

How The Internet Of Everything Is Changing The Game For Tomorrow's Tech Workers

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

It has been predicted that everything in the future will be connected and "communicate" with one another. There is even a phrase for it: the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Manufacturing Jobs for Women

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Even when you tell them about the many high-paying jobs that are available in the manufacturing industry, it is just not a career that they are considering. And of those few high school students who might show an interest, fewer yet would be young women.

The Growing Disconnect Between the Labor Market and Higher Education in Mexico

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The skills gap means that even if overall labor demand goes up, the dearth of skilled workers means new positions cannot be rapidly filled.

The "CSI Effect:" Cacking the Case of the STEM Skills Gap

Gavin Russell | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Gavin Russell

The need to foster an open and diverse scientific community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints is vital in attracting and retaining the best talent.

4 Ways to Close the Skills Gap and Fill 4 Million Jobs

Jim Gibbons | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

People in the United States continue to struggle with chronic unemployment. One of the most frequently cited figures this year shows that even while 1...