Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce

Skilled technical occupations—defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelor’s degree for entry—are a key component of the U.S. economy. In response to globalization and advances in science and technology, American firms are demanding workers with greater proficiency in literacy and numeracy, as […]

Cracking the Code: IT-Ready opens the tech industry door

Rebooting a career is not unlike dealing with a locked-up computer. Sometimes a skilled technician is needed to step in and help find a solution. Creating IT Futures provides the “Help Desk” for career changers and entry-level workers looking to break into the burgeoning Information Technology (IT) sector. Through its IT-Ready program, participants learn foundational skills which […]

Addressing the skills gap in America through apprenticeships

In Washington, the most common conversation topic should be a simple one: jobs. How do we create more of them? How do we prepare Americans for the jobs that are already available? How do we ensure those jobs provide a decent wage and good benefits? In Congress, these conversations often lead to discussions on the […]

Victoria’s skills gap to get budget boost

Victorians will be able to study dozens of courses for free under the state government’s skills shortage cash splash. Almost 50 TAFE and pre-apprenticeship courses, from dental nursing to concreting, will be free from 2019 under a $172 million state budget package. Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state previously benefited from skilled migration as the […]

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 […]