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By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

The average length of unemployment for the roughly 1.2 million people 55+ who are out of work: seven to nine months. Studies show that older workers have a more difficult time in finding a job than younger workers and much more to lose.  Older workers do not want to become a burden on society but will become so if employers continue to overlook their skills and experience

By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

At a time when the skills shortage has never been more acute, can skills-based hiring help employers find hidden talent through objective measurement of skills?  Will employers agree to consider it?  BLS data indicates that there is a significant gulf between employer needs and the available workforce talent pool.  What is the source of the disconnect? 

By Ashley Smith, RTWBC

When looking to solve the skill gap crisis employers need to be proactive.  Aware that there has been a mismatch between the training and skills needed employers are beginning to seriously collaborate with regional workforce organizations and educators to build talent for the next generation and create continued economic growth and opportunity.  

By Beverly M. Riddick

What does it mean to have an unconscious bias?  Do we all have it; and how do we overcome it in our recruiting and hiring practices?

By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

Are we really looking at all available talent? The challenges that all employers are experiencing - the skills gap. Reentry programs a creating an option for employers and an opportunity for incarcerated workers to have a real opportunity to thrive when they are released and looking to begin anew.  

By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

Are we really looking at all available talent? Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the challenges that all employers are experiencing - the skills gap. Where and how do employers find the talent they need in the face of a retiring workforce, the brain drain, relocating youth, ill prepared and a lack of knowledge of job growth opportunities in skills-based sectors? 

By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

As we continue to discuss the skills gap, is the delayed retirement trend a win-win for both employers and workers? 

By Joan Andrews, RTWBC

Did you know that doctors became physicians through apprenticeships until 1845?  

Or that Ben Franklin became a master printer through an apprenticeship?

… getting the idea?

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