RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has been awarded $6.9 million in American Apprenticeship Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries. U.S. DOL awarded $175 million in grants to 46 awardees, and Virginia is being awarded funding for apprenticeship initiatives at the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). CCWA is the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College.
Frederick Taylor’s The Principles of Scientific Management, published in 1911, brought the idea of industrial efficiency to the forefront of many manufacturing companies. Today, companies across every industry are looking for ways to make work processes more efficient. While we cannot make the math behind the idea of doing more with less work, CCWA can help you identify areas for process improvement and give you the tools to implement change.
CCWA uses a whole-system approach that recognizes that changes made in one area of your business have an impact across the organization. Our interactive work sessions take employees from all areas of your company and guide them in exploring the concept and practical application of process improvement.
As workforce demographics change, it is increasingly important to understand, respect, and accept individual differences. You often hear discussions about diversity, but what does the term really mean? Author Ruth Mayhew says, “When the phrase ‘workplace diversity’ became popular, …diversity typically meant differences based on race, gender, color, national origin, and religion.” Today, that definition has been expanded to include age, culture, disability, life style, and even work style.
Why is leadership development so important? The simple answer is ROI. A 10-year study by Accenture showed that companies perceived as having good leadership had 900% growth vs. only 74% growth (over the same time period) for those lacking in leadership. In its Top 40 “Best Companies for Leaders,” Chief Executive Magazine ranks companies based on their leadership development programs, commitment to leadership development, and shareholder value performance (among other factors). Among this best-of-the-best group, the top 15% of companies saw market capitalization growth rates that were 33% better than the bottom 15% in 2013, and all of the top 40 saw growth rates above 50%.