Apprenticeships and Six Ways They Can Benefit Your Company

Tuesday November 14th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Written by Michelle Knierim - Regional Consultant

It’s no secret that companies in all employment sectors are facing challenging workforce shortages and gaps. What many companies don’t know is that apprenticeships offer a viable solution for recruiting, training and retaining world-class talent. Apprenticeships are an earn-as-you-learn, flexible workforce development tool and training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business.

Apprenticeship programs consist of a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction with an affiliated educational partner. This combination, along with the fact that workers in an apprenticeship program earn a full-time wage while they are participating in the program, is a proven recipe for success. According to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), 91% of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.

It goes without saying that apprenticeships are good for business … despite the misconceptions that exist. Apprenticeships have come a long way since the apprenticeship system started 75 years ago in the construction and skilled trades industries. Some people still believe that apprenticeships are only useful for entry-level positions in those industries, but that is a big misconception.

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My EDSI Internship Experience

Tuesday November 7th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Danny Blade - Intern

I couldn’t believe people actually woke up excited to go to work until I started my internship at EDSI. The experience launched me out of bed every morning. I couldn’t help it; I was excited to go to work! I was excited to do what I loved with my awesome coworkers.

The culture at EDSI is unbelievable. Everyone is interactive and willing to lend a helping hand whenever you need it. Your opinions are always valued and encouraged no matter where you stand in the company. Going out to eat with the CEO and the directors is not unordinary, it’s typical. Never once have I been given a chance to pay for a bill at a restaurant or food delivered to the office. The culture at EDSI is like no other company. People truly care about you at work and outside of it. There have been many times that coworkers have attended my sporting events and ceremonies. This reflects the true identity of the people in this company.

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Case Study: Development of Operator and Maintenance Training Curriculum for a Transportation Equipment Manufacturer

Tuesday August 29th, 2017 at 11:05am
Written by Ken Mall - Consulting Managing Partner

Over the past several years, discussion about alternative transportation options has increased. Alternative transportation refers to commuting in any way other than driving alone, including public transportation.

Speaking of public transit, last year EDSI worked on a significant project with Brookville Equipment Corporation – an American manufacturer of powered transportation solutions who specializes in mining, tunneling, locomotives and streetcars.

Although Brookville excelled at producing quality equipment and systems, they struggled with developing the required transit industry-standard training materials needed for mechanics and maintenance workers. Brookville’s need for professional and detailed training materials was crucial for the streetcar operators and technicians using the equipment. Specifically, they needed to understand how to troubleshoot, repair and maintain their new machines and equipment.

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How to Grow Your Own Talent

Monday October 17th, 2016 at 10:00am
Written by Jim Bitterle - Consulting Managing Partner

Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner of EDSI Consulting, was invited by Tom Borg Consulting to talk talent! Tune in to this podcast recording to learn more about EDSI and how to develop talent in your organization.

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Selling the EARN Program - Inside and Out

Wednesday October 12th, 2016 at 8:00am
Written by Kathleen Niedermayer - Job Developer

Selling, to me, means presenting your product or service in the best possible light. It means presenting the features and benefits of the product or service as it relates to the needs, wants and values of the potential customer or client. I learned, long ago, when people are considering purchasing or buying into a product or service, everyone listens to the radio station WIFM which translated reads; What’s In It For Me? Before anyone makes a commitment, they ask themselves consciously or subconsciously that key question.

Let’s start first by selling the EARN program on the “inside.” By inside, I mean selling to our clients who are sent to EARN by their county case managers as part of the client’s agreement for receiving benefits like cash assistance, food stamps, child care and other resources from their county.

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Customer Relationship Management Is Not Just Software

Wednesday July 6th, 2016 at 7:15am
Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development

Recently, I was researching different Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software systems. At one point, while making the comparisons, I just shook my head thinking customer relationship management is not software, it is a philosophy. Sure, CRM software can be a good tool, but that is all it is, a tool.

I think the key word in this philosophy is “relationship” and I can promise you, no software system out there develops relationships; people develop relationships. Developing business relationships is not much different than developing personal relationships. It takes time, trust and respect to build any kind of relationship. Once you have this mindset, I think the rest comes easy.

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Tips for Building Solid Relationships, from the Wand of the Fairy Job Mother

Wednesday April 27th, 2016 at 8:01am
Written by Kathleen Niedermayer - Job Developer

“Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.” - Tony Robbins, Author and Motivational Speaker

Building relationships with another person is all about connecting with him or her and creating a sense of trust and understanding. According to some research, we have only 7 seconds to make a good first impression! It is absolutely essential for us to build solid connections with our clients, and this relationship building starts the first time we meet.

When I began my career as a Job Developer with EDSI, I would conduct an initial interview with clients. I would ask questions about clients’ living situation, their children and partners, the kinds of jobs they had in the past and what they wanted to accomplish. The interview gave me some important facts, but I realized something was missing. I wanted to go a bit deeper, I needed to better understand their passions, hopes and dreams when it came to finding, obtaining and keeping a job.

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