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Do job applicants have the skills your organization needs?

Do job applicants have the skills your organization needs?

It’s easy to read the news today and see a reference to the widening skills gap. What’s hard is to figure out how to close that gap.

“Skills gap” describes the mismatch between the skills employers need and the skills that job seekers have. While the term is commonly referenced in the manufacturing industry, it applies to industries across the board from technology to healthcare to engineering. What if a program could provide the opportunity for job seekers to close the skills gap, thereby giving employers access to a more qualified applicant pool? And what if that program also provided funding to the employer to offset the costs of training the new employee?

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Workforce Virginia Podcast : Certifications

Workforce Virginia Podcast : Certifications

In order for businesses to thrive and for the quality of life to be enhanced for citizens, Virginia has elevated its focus on building qualified employees with credentials that match employer needs.

To hear more about credentials and certifications, we welcome you to the premier episode of Workforce Virginia, an all-new series of podcasts. Produced by CCWA, these conversations will connect human resource professionals, job seekers and working individuals to valuable training and development options that build the workforce.

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Can Virginia help the United States Compete in Apprenticeship?

Can Virginia help the United States Compete in Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship has always been the “go-to” training option for jobs within the trades industries. But why it is that other industry sectors haven’t adopted that training model?

Maybe the countless success stories just haven’t been communicated well. Or perhaps, other industries think that the apprenticeship model is only conducive for jobs such as electricians and heating and air mechanics. However, we’re finally at a point where other industries are being forced to look into new professional development options.

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Your Most Engaged Employees Are Outnumbered

Your Most Engaged Employees Are Outnumbered

You may have heard the statistic that over half of the working U.S. population is not engaged at work. You probably know who those unengaged workers are in your company. Do you know what to do about them?

The percent of engaged employees rose from 2013 to 2014 (see chart below) to its highest level since 2000 when Gallup first began measuring employee engagement. However, 31.5 percent is less than one third of your employees who are passionate about their work and committed to your company’s mission and purpose.

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CCWA Success Leads to National Appointment

CCWA Success Leads to National Appointment

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International continuing education organization selects McGinty for training council position

Richmond, VA – Based on the impact of its training programs in the Greater Richmond region, the Learning Resources Network (LERN) has selected Mac McGinty, Vice President of Workforce Development at the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) to serve on the LERN Contract Training Council. LERN is an association of continuing education leaders that develop national best practices and deliver customized training programs with the goal to improve the effectiveness of the workforce and create a return on investment to employers who work with the nation’s community colleges.

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