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Revamped 'Talent Ready Utah' targets Utah's shortage in a talented workforce:


As Utah's economy continues to rank among the strongest in the nation with unemployment near record lows, an existing state program is being overhauled to help provide the workforce necessary to maintain ...


Closing the skills gap: Creating workforce-development programs that work for everyone:


On the one hand, almost 40 percent of American employers say they cannot find people with the skills they need, even for entry-level jobs. Almost 60 percent complain of lack of preparation, even for ...


'How do we replace them?': As skilled workers approach retirement, schools focus more on career training:


The "skills gap" is often highlighted by industry and government officials as the confluence of workers needing more advanced skills to enter trades at the same time there are less people pursuing trades. ...


E-waste recycling effort helps people with disabilities hone job skills:


...founded in 1968 by a group of parents seeking to create a better education experiences for their children, the organization helps people with disabilities obtain training, employment and achieve independence. By ...


Faced with worker shortages, Gallatin Valley manufacturers turn to high schools:


“It’s industry knowledge that the skilled labor shortage is a red flag,” Dixon-Foley said. “We’re finding that we’re having a difficult time finding skilled labor in our area.” For several days in ...


Veterans Invited to Participate in Entrepreneurship Training Program at UM:


Veterans of all eras, service members and their family members are invited to learn the skills to become a small-business owner through the Boots to Business Reboot program, which will come to the University ...


Playbook provides workforce development guidelines:


Across the U.S. people are working to build a more talented, skilled workforce, but often those efforts happen in isolation, separated from larger economic development efforts without engaging community ...


Retraining among solutions to skilled-worker shortage:


Even with plentiful employment available, there are still many who struggle to find suitable long-term career opportunities while well-paying positions remain unfilled. By Jasen Lee@JasenLee1 Full ...


Welding class graduates at Montana Women's Prison in Billings:


Having spent weeks learning to manipulate metal through the application of extreme heat, 10 inmates at the Montana Women's Prison graduated from the prison's introductory welding program last week in ...


The White House's Fix for Robots Stealing Jobs? Education not "universal basic income":


A new report from the White House warns that millions of jobs could be automated out of existence in coming years. But it cautions against one much discussed solution: giving away free money. The report, ...


TED Video: Why haven't machines taken all our jobs yet?:


Here's a paradox you don't hear about: Though machines and computers are constantly being created to do human jobs, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past ...


The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.:


Donald J. Trump told workers like Ms. Johnson that he would bring back their jobs by clamping down on trade, offshoring and immigration. But economists say the bigger threat to their jobs has been something ...


47 percent of current employment in the United States has the potential to be automated:


It seems there is almost a daily story on the effect robots and automation will have on the current labor force. Autonomous, self-driving cars and trucks, robot mops and automated pizza delivery vans ...


Grant to help laid off Weyerhaeuser lumber mill workers:


The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award to help Columbia Falls workers affected by Weyerhaeuser lumber mill closing in August. The $225,000 grant will go ...


Older workers get boost from federal training program, but do they get jobs?:


It's formally called the Senior Community Service Employment Program. But its lofty title and mission -- helping unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older get temporary jobs and training ...


Bitterroot College sees spike in students taking career certification programs:


"We are thrilled to get these industry requests for specialized programs." The numbers of students looking for a quick route into the work world continues to climb at the Bitterroot College in Hamilton. The ...


Will we ever be able to retire? Boomers and Gen X-ers are worried.:




Women Will Help Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap:


Realizing that women are an untapped labor pool for manufacturers, several companies are undertaking initiatives to recruit and develop the best female talent. "The younger generations have little ...


The co-op approach to creating a workforce - Collaboration between education and business is essential:


"My real goal is to have hundreds of students taking this kind of experience," Jones said. "Every student should be able to apply what they are learning in the work environment." A co-op is distinct ...


Without Strong Recruitment of Veterans, Clean Energy Companies Miss Out on a Competitive Advantage:


Veterans bring unique strategic and operational skills to companies. Veterans of the last 15 years possess a baseline understanding of energy from their military service. by Michael Baskin ...


What So Many People Don't Get About the U.S. Working Class:


The biggest risk today for me and other Americans is continued class cluelessness. If we don't take steps to bridge the class culture gap, when Trump proves unable to bring steel back to Youngstown, Ohio, ...


UN report says robots threaten two thirds of jobs in developing countries:


In the past, the United Nations has considered the threat posed by weaponized AI, but now the body is looking at a more mundane, but still important, robot invasion. A report from the latest UN Conference ...


Randi Zuckerberg Wants To Close The Gender Gap In Tech. Here's How You Can, Too:


Randi Zuckerberg's new animated TV show, Dot, follows a feisty 8-year-old girl as she and her diverse group of friends find mischief and adventure while exploring the world with technology and their imaginations. ...


Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy addresses Montana workforce shortage:


Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says in the next ten years or less, the state will see around 30,000 people retire from the workforce, she says the state has around half the amount of young people ages 16 ...


Montana businesses hungry for young skilled workers:


Montana businesses are hungry for young, skilled workers and Governor Steve Bullock says the state needs to feed them. "To insure that they have that talented work force that they need to grow and ...


Apprentices wanted - Funding Available to Fill Crucial Trade Skills Gaps:


Within the next decade, Montana will be at least 10,000 workers short in all business sectors as 130,000 Montanans retire, said Pam Bucy, state Labor and Industry commissioner. After they graduate, ...


Senator Tester announces funding for entry-level mechanic job training program for Neptune Aviation in Missoula:


Senator Jon Tester announced today that the Montana Community Development Corporation http://mtcdc.org/ (MCDC) will receive nearly $800,000 in federal funding to help kick start Neptune Aviation's http://www.neptuneaviation.com ...


Retaining college grads key to Missoula's economic growth :


As thousands of students begin a new school year at the University of Montana, we not only say "welcome," but "plan on sticking around for a good, long while." Whether freshman or senior, born and ...
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California Needs Systemwide Data on Workforce Training, State Legislative Analyst's Office Says:




How other regions are building workforce talent :


Economic development organizations and the institutions of higher education in your community share a common goal. You both want to see members of your local workforce prepared to fill the higher-wage, ...

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