Bridging the skills gap and finding employees

Ron Wanek is the founder and chairman of the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, Ashley Furniture Industries. With sales topping $8 billion, Wanek’s company has been an unqualified success.   Northeast Mississippi has been a beneficiary – and contributor – to Ashley’s growth. The company employs some 3,200 people at three facilities in Ecru, […]

Schools put new emphasis on CTE path

Surry County Schools has kicked off the new school year with a renewed emphasis on vocational and technical studies. Last month, Dr. Travis Reeves, school superintendent, touched on the topic when discussing an agricultural studies barn to be built at North Surry. Yes, Surry County Schools pushes a college-going culture and emphasizes earning college credits […]

Improving skills through America’s workforce development system

Key Points The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the primary federal legislation that authorizes many training and workforce development services. These services help train job seekers with skills, but administrative hurdles limit its effectiveness. Congress allocates roughly $4.8 billion for WIOA programs that serve six million participants. While smaller than other postsecondary aid […]

The 12 skills employers want the most

A new survey has revealed the skills that employers value and how different they are to what university graduates think are important. The QS Global Employer Survey 2018 has highlighted the misconceptions students have about what skills employers want and the areas where there is a graduate skills gap. For the report released this week, […]

Private companies rise to reskilling

The speed of technological change in the workplace has caused many organizational leaders to examine how their teams adapt and learn for future growth. One key way private companies are adjusting to this new reality is by actively confronting the skills gap in their factories, offices, studios, and shops. The reskilling of workers was the No. 1 approach for […]