How the Soft-Skills Gap Creates Quality Problems

The largest problems facing businesses isn’t competition, globalization, or access to capital. It is something else, something embedded in the fabric of organizations as their most important asset. Human capital, the people who make organizations work, is one of the largest single issues being faced in today’s business environment.

Why is this so? With all of the tech-savvy individuals entering the workforce, both highly intelligent and technically proficient, why would they be identified as the “root of quality problems” within an organization? Basically it has more to do with what people don’t have vs. what they have in the way of knowledge, skills, and competencies (KSC). Technically, they are in high demand and fit for purpose (i.e., they meet the needs of the job). Culturally, however, they are lacking some important KSCs: the soft skills.

Click here to read Peter Robustelli’s complete article from the QualityDigest website. 

3 Ways to Identify, and Fill, the Skills Gap at Your Workplace

Managers in almost all major industries are currently sending themselves into a tizzy trying to solve the skills gap problem. A long-standing concern, “skills gap” is the term for the void of qualified talent that may be recognized when it comes to a company filling positions.

And, even in an economy where people lack jobs, the skills gap is real: In the Talent Shortage Survey, the Manpower Group in 2015 surveyed 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries; the survey revealed that 38 percent of participating employers said they had difficulty filling jobs.

Click here to read how managers can identify and fill the Skills Gap from Andre Lavoie’s publication at the Entrepreneur. 

Welding lab opens at Columbus Tech after $1.69 million renovation

Columbus Technical College faculty and board of directors members cut the ribbon Tuesday on a newly renovated welding lab that was first built in 1978. The state-of-the-art facility will prepare students with the skills needed as manufacturing becomes more technologically advanced. The new lab is environmentally safer for students, and is more conducive to holding tours for prospective students and employers.

Click here to read Mark Rice’s complete article posted on the website featuring the new welding lab.

North Hills welding program offers students unique opportunity

There is a waiting list to get into welding class at North Hills High School.

“The class is so much fun,” said senior Anna Marchese, 17, as she secured her safety goggles and ignited a welding torch. She is the first female to take the class since North Hills began offering it in 2013.

“The hardest part has been mastering a T-joint weld,” she said, referring to the difficult angles required. “It took me a couple of weeks to get it down.”

Four years ago, the district’s Technology Education Department partnered with Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to add the College In High School (CHS) Welding Program to its curriculum. It includes four courses that concentrate on machining, castings, welding, milling, fabrication, and materials testing.

Click here to read more about the education collaboration posted by Laurie Rees on the website.

25 CTE Innovations and Innovators

Career and Technical Education will become an even more important aspect of lifelong and post-secondary learning as the world shifts toward the gig and project-based economy. Today, we are recognizing 25 CTE innovations and innovators that are educating people of all ages in ways that prepare them for the changes to come.

Click here to read about the 25 CTE Innovations and Innovators from the website.

Premier High School Students Get Ahead through Nursing Certification Program (TX)

Yarely Gomez wants to go to nursing school after she graduates from high school. However, this senior at Premier High School of Edinburg Career and Technology Education Center is getting a head start by completing a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at her high school.

By completing the CNA program at her high school free of cost and taking the state certification test, Yarely will be able to work in the nursing field and gain helpful experience before she starts a registered nursing (RN) program. Since Premier High School of Edinburg CTE Center incorporated the CNA program into its Health Science CTE program fall of 2016, eight students have already received their CNA certification.

Click here to read more about the efforts at Premier High School posted on the website.

Fuel Education Launches CTE Program for California With 15 Career Pathways

Fuel Education (FuelEd) today launched its Career Readiness Pathways for California. The online and blended learning program features more than 15 career pathways that align with the California Department of Education‘s (CDE) career and technical education (CTE) model standards, as well as more than 100 CTE courses beyond the program courses and supporting services.

Click here to read Sri Ravipati’s complete article from 

CTE preps Cody High School kids for life (WY)

Today’s cutting-edge and relevant Career and Technical Education, or CTE, programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers.

Cody High School offers a variety of CTE programs, which help students prepare to join the workforce after graduation.

Click here to read Cassandra Sturos’ article on the efforts of Cody High School posted on the Cody Enterprise website.

Mike Rowe has a plan for congress about how to fill 5.6 million jobs

Former host of “Dirty Jobs,” and purveyor of blue collar wisdom Mike Rowe testified before Congress on Tuesday to speak about the importance of those many dirty jobs that are available, but Americans don’t seem to be around to fill.

“And I’m gonna suggest that the skills gap is every bit as important as unemployment and the presence of 5.6 million available jobs right now that people don’t seem excited about,” Rowe adds.

Click here to read Brandon Morse’s complete article from

Why Veterans Can Fill Your Company’s Tech Skills Gap

A new Amazon initiative to train veterans for technical roles sheds light on an untapped talent pool with an important skill set.

The US Department of Labor recently partnered with Amazon to create an apprenticeship program that trains veterans for technical roles at the online giant, shedding light on how other companies can access the large, untapped veteran workforce to fill tech skills gaps.

Click here to read more about the Amazon and US Department of Labor collaboration published within the U.S. Veterans Magazine.

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