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EDSI is thrilled to announce a new virtual reality tool now available to jobseekers participating in pre-employment workshops in three offices in the Philadelphia, PA area. The idea came about when a company executive saw a demonstration of the technology on a Vice News YouTube video, and that started the ball rolling. The video highlighted tasks that were designed to teach prison inmates life skills so that they could return to the community after serving 20+ year terms.

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This year I had the honor of attending the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association’s (MEATA) 2018 Spring conference in Traverse City, MI, attended by nearly 200 professionals. During the conference, the first Apprenticeship in a Day workshop was held, where 12 companies were given the opportunity to complete and register their apprenticeship standards with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Knowledge Retention

Is your workforce getting older? If you are like most manufacturers, your workforce is aging. In many situations, you may have critical positions and skill sets at risk of competitive poaching, retirement, illness or worse. The problem is common, yet most companies are not dealing with the issue proactively. Instead, they wait until a key employee’s departure is inevitable or has already occurred.

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Forest Path

In its most basic form, a career path is a plan for an employee to move through various positions to obtain an ideal career. The plan could move them vertically into a senior position, or horizontally into a different type of job role. Most successful companies develop career paths for their employees in order to provide a realistic picture of their position in the coming years.

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Corporate universities help bring structure to internal training efforts. They also assist in the effort of aligning the training arm of companies with the organizations’ strategy and vision. There are many different types of training which can be used as part of a corporate university.

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Transit

Recently, I met with representatives from several transit agencies across the country about their workforce challenges. Like most industries, technology is rapidly advancing and jobs are available for workers with the right skills. The challenge is finding people with these skills; or finding and training them.

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Finding an employee who’s the “best fit for a position” isn’t always the biggest challenge when it comes to hiring. Talent professionals across the board agree that finding the “right fit” for not only the position, but the team and company, is much harder. If you’re involved in the hiring process or part of a talent team, and haven’t heard about AcuMax Index (AI), you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to save time, money and resources in the quest to find, develop and keep rock star job candidates.

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Baby Boomers and Gen Xers regularly complain about managing and retaining Millennials. From one perspective, it seems that Millennials are impatient, require significant attention, and are prone to quick job changes. On the other side, there are many high performing Millennials that remain for extended periods with select employers.

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Internships are another great way to build your talent pipeline. They can be a superb source of talent, and they help build your employer brand.

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