How Employers And Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities For Young People

Paul Harrington (Professor at Drexel University)  was featured in the article  “How Employers and Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities for Young People” which ran on last week. The article covers teen employment (only about 26% of teens and young adults are employed) and how policymakers are working to solve the teen employment problem.

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KY hopeful grant will help close tech skills gap, create jobs

Kentucky is among 10 states that JP Morgan Chase has awarded $2 million New Skills for Youth grant, designed to help close what Gov. Matt Bevin considers a “tech skills gap” by aligning high school training to make seniors either job-ready or college-career ready when they’ve earned their diplomas.

Click here to read more about the New Skills for Youth grant in Kentucky.

The top in-demand workforce skills for 2017

What are the top in-demand workforce skills for the coming year?

Analysts with the most well-known learning and recruitment platforms have been focusing on the key skill sets that make candidates successful. Udemy for Business, which is the online marketplace for team virtual learning, released their Learning Index Report, which highlighted the emerging skills and trends that we may see in 2017.

Click here to read what LinkedIn and Udemy share as the most coveted candidate skills.

New standards could improve career technical education (PA)

Administrators at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology said they’re always looking to be on the forefront of providing the real world with career-ready employees.

That’s why they’re going to review a set of proposed enhanced standards with their board, committee members and stakeholders to make sure the recommendations are met in a way that benefits the student and the employer.

It was sparked in late November when two state representatives announced they have been working on a set of standards to help improve career technical education and job preparedness.

 It’s a way to “better develop future generations for the workforce, which will serve to improve Pennsylvania’s economy,” state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, said.
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State representatives aim to ready students for workforce (PA)

A report set forth by two state representatives is encouraging news for local career technical school administrators who aim to make sure their students are ready for the workforce.

And in an area U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, classified as “working-class,” he said enhancements to tech ed training and job readiness are a benefit for the individual and the employer.

“It’s incredibly important and we have to do everything we can to make sure the workforce in Centre County can have a greater opportunity, and education and CTE training (are) the key to success,” he said. “Increasing access to technical education — it’s a good option for people who don’t want school debt, and we have that kind of quality trained people here in Centre County.”

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Partnerships for job development

At Workforce Solutions Borderplex, we know that finding a job or building a globally competitive workforce takes a team effort. Luckily for us, our regional partners were willing to roll up their sleeves, bring resources to the table and work with us to ensure we address our region’s workforce issues.

And our work paid off. Our organization helped more than 30,000 jobseekers enter employment or find a new job in Board Contracted Year 2016, and we finally saw the regional unemployment rate drop below 5 percent. In the process, we served more than 5,250 local businesses.

Click here to read Joyce Wilson’s (CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex) entire column from El Paso Times. 

Leaders could be looking at job market all wrong

President Barack Obama is handing off to President-elect Donald Trump after an impressive labor-market recovery.

December 2016 marked the 75th straight month of job creation in the US. There has never been a streak this long in the 78 years the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported employment figures.

The unemployment rate was 4.7%, less than half of the 10% peak in 2009.

The jump in average hourly earnings — to the highest year-over-year growth rate since 2009 — showed that the labor market continued to tighten.

“Obama gets high marks for a pretty solid and complete labor market recovery,” said Harry Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. “But there are at least two or three large problems remaining,” he told Business Insider.

Click here to read about the two or three large problems remaining. 

Women Find Empowerment through Welding

There’s a certain empowerment that comes from slicing through steel more easily than scissors cut through a sheet of paper.

For Flushing resident Gail Blaszkowski, that’s part of the appeal of the Flint Institute of Arts’ adult welding classes, where students “learn to manipulate steel through bending, hammering, cutting and welding to create a unique sculptural form,” the course description says.

Read Molly Young’s complete article from The Detriot News by clicking here. 

There are more manufacturing jobs than skilled workers to fill them

Ask Peter Coleman, executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, about the top issue manufacturers face, and he doesn’t hesitate to answer: a lack of skilled workers to hire.

Rather than just gripe about the “skills gap” between job openings and available workers, Coleman and Alliance members are determined to do something about it. They are promoting manufacturing careers to young people and helping launch a training program to develop more workers.

Read Coleman’s interview from the Buffalo News by clicking here.

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