Workforce development

Are Latino Workers More Interested in Working in a Large Firm?

Are Latino Workers More Interested in Working in a Large Firm?

So says Harvard Business Review blogger Tammy Erikson.  According to her research, Latino workers express a high degree of interest in working in large organizations.  The research suggests that Latinos are looking for the stability in employment, flexibility in working assignments and opportunities for advancement that are most likely found in large organizations: This preference […]

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Digital Badges & the Workforce Development Revolution

Digital Badges & the Workforce Development Revolution

We’ve posted before about the potential for digital badges to revolutionize workforce development.  A few days ago, the New York Times had a concise overview of what digital badges are and how they might revolutionize workforce development: One of the most important functions of college degrees is signaling knowledge and skill to potential employers. Yet […]

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New Report:  Create National “Learning Exchange” to improve Workforce Development

New Report: Create National “Learning Exchange” to improve Workforce Development

A recent post at Inside Higher Education cites a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce that suggests that the US does a reasonable job of producing BA graduates.  If we really want to improve our workforce development efforts, says the report, we need to focus on the community college level: Underinvestment […]

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Southern States Take the Lead in Workforce Development

Southern States Take the Lead in Workforce Development

That is the assertion in a recent article in Governing magazine: Southern states [particularly Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina] have become adept at training residents to acquire and keep jobs. Each state’s program is unique, but they share some commonalities. All are offered free of charge to incoming or expanding businesses as part of […]

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Brookings:  Focus Workforce Development Programs

Brookings: Focus Workforce Development Programs

At the end of 2011, the Brookings Institute released a report recommending an approach to workforce development to increase employment and raise wages.  The full report is worth a read.  One short take away:  intensive programs focused on particular sectors provide better results (particularly for displaced workers) than more general courses of shorter duration.  The […]

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