Middle-skill workers are the majority of the U.S. labor market but are among the least likely to have a career focused social media presence. With recruiters looking to platforms like LinkedIn and using digital keyword tools when looking for candidates, many who are not online are falling through the cracks. Their invisibility in the digital […]
At Penn Foster, we think the institution needs to wrap itself around the individual, not the individual around the institution. Listen to these thoughts I shared at the Learner Revolution Dinner and Discussion hosted by Education Design Lab about putting learners at the forefront of the future of work landscape.
Though nearly two-thirds of Americans do not have four-year college degrees, many have the skills employers are looking for. Still, middle-skill industry employers are requiring bachelor degrees for jobs that don’t really need them, leading to suboptimal hiring choices. Education providers must now translate these skills into signals that employers recognize. The challenge is recognizing […]
Closing the middle skills gap was a hot topic of conversation at SXSWEDU 2019, and Penn Foster was right in the middle of the discussion. Panelists from education and workforce development organizations identified four areas of focus that could help close the middle skills gap, creating opportunity for workers and employers alike. Bringing their ideas […]
It’s no secret that automation is considered to be one of the biggest enemies of the skilled worker. The thought is that improving technology will soon make human work obsolete. But, what if the actual narrative is different, and, in fact, positive for your workforce? Is there a path to creating incremental opportunities for growth, […]
Your employees have the desire to upskill and bridging the employer-educator divide is complex. Learn more about our thoughts on workforce development and how we can help shape it’s future in a “Managing the Future of Work” podcast interview with distinguished Harvard Business School Professor Joe Fuller. Click here to listen to the podcast.
This past weekend’s Penn Foster Graduation Ceremony was, as always, one of the most moving days of the year for me. And as I watched several hundred Penn Foster graduates leave the stage with diploma, certificate or degree in hand, I felt not only a great sense of optimism for them individually, but also for […]
As posted on FosterEDU More Needs to be Done to Help the Working Class When the Labor Department released its latest snapshot of the unemployment rate last week, most people sat up and took notice. It’s hard not to note that the unemployment rate of 3.9% is the lowest it has been since 2000, which […]
As posted on FosterEDU 5 Key Insights on the Future of the Labor Market The ‘skills gaps’ is an acute issue, and is a natural byproduct of structural shifts in the economy. Three major factors are at play to create a job market unique in living memory. First, though the pattern of today generally matches […]
As posted on FosterEDU How to Work Together to Encourage – and Better Train – Workers Sitting on the Side Lines of a Full Employment Economy The Labor Department’s latest monthly jobs report, this one covering March 2018, was out on the street Friday. And frankly, not a lot has changed: the unemployment rate was […]