How transformative tech can address the skills gap within construction

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with new devices and products being introduced on a daily basis to help enhance the workplace. It could be argued that the construction industry has been slow in bringing this in, and is yet to undergo a major transformation. Firms now find themselves in a difficult position as […]

Software company hopes to address local skills gap

With the goal of solving the local skills gap, a new company has stepped forward with a solution for St. Joseph. Valor Education Group is working with local employers to meet their workforce training needs. There are currently about 1,000 job openings in the maintenance and manufacturing industry locally. It’s a topic that hasn’t gone […]

Future Ready Iowa Summit debuts in Muscatine with call for more skilled workers

Although Iowa is posting the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years, communities need to do more to be workforce ready. It’s no secret that jobs are changing with the times.  While not every career requires a college degree, companies are still struggling to find applicants with the up-skills to qualify for jobs. “There’s definitely a need for […]

Talent pipeline management, manufacturing apprenticeship intermediary program

President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Though talent is a renewable resource, manufacturing is lagging in generating a workforce with the needed skills and qualifications required to compete in a global market. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) is a demand driven […]

Colleges look to address specter of student debt

A Georgetown University study reports that by 2020, 65 percent of job vacancies will require some postsecondary education and training. A total of 13 million, the report says will require a baccalaureate degree, while 7 million will require an associate’s degree and 6 million will require a graduate degree. However, the study also notes, “Without […]

Home Depot takes a shot at tackling the construction labor shortage

A forklift, some saw stations, and an unfinished wood frame house fill the classroom at the Home Builders Institute building on Fort Stewart military base in Georgia. Inside, 15 men and women in hard hats and steel toe boots maneuvered the bare-bones structure of a wall switch. “We’re wiring up a receptacle that is constant hot […]