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Manufacturers are facing a dire employee shortage. While nearly every industry is being affected by the rapid retirement of the Baby Boomer generation and the reduced rate of Generation X and millennials entering the manufacturing workforce, the greatest risk the industry faces is failing to adapt. Some of the reasons for lack of adaption include: the low employment rate, skills gaps, and the inability to attract qualified workers.

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How are career ladders and lattices different? How are they the same? And which one is best for your organization’s talent management strategy? Although they’re both tools that organizations use to guide employees on a path of career progression, they differ in many ways! In this article, I will review how they’re different, what they have in common and which one might be the best choice for your organizational needs.

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Although Job Task Analysis (JTA) was created to help management make hiring, promotion, wage, and salary decisions, it serves a much bigger purpose. JTA is a data-driven approach that is designed to identify the work requirements of specific jobs by providing a detailed overview of the knowledge, tasks and responsibilities that must be performed by workers in a given occupational area to successfully perform the job. Before going any further, an important point to remember when conducting a JTA is that it’s an evaluation of the job, not the person doing the job.

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Broadly speaking, current federal workforce policy aims to bridge the needs of employers and jobseekers through training and other support measures. Is this happening and how successful is it? At a time when close to 65% of our country’s open positions require some form of higher education or post-secondary credential, it is crucial for education and workforce development partners to work together to meet the needs of employers and jobseekers.

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Succession planning means different things to different people, but the most common theme among all the definitions that exist is that it involves making sure your business is prepared for the future. There are different types of succession planning, each of which depend on your type of business and your businesses’ specific situation.

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If I told you that an intentionally planned culture has the power to align your organization’s people, processes, and workplace, wouldn’t you want to learn more? I thought so – keep reading! Culture is a buzzword that isn’t going away anytime soon.

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A boot camp is a fast track, industry-specific training program that enhances jobseekers’ skills to prepare them for employment in high-growth industries such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality or customer service. In communities across the United States, boot camps are being welcomed and endorsed by workforce boards, industry partnerships, educational institutions, and employers.

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It is estimated that over 5 million youth (16-24 years old) now referred to as “young adults” are not in school and are not employed. The challenge is how to serve these young adults and prepare them to succeed in today’s workforce. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title-l youth formula funds now provide state and local workforce development boards the resources needed to assist the youth in their communities.

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