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Employers Discuss the Top Three Drivers of the U.S. Talent Shortage – And How to Change Direction

By |2019-10-10T17:11:09-04:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Careers, Changing The American Workforce, Employers, Workforce Development, Workforce Shortages|

Last year, ManpowerGroup released their 2018 Talent Shortage Survey discussing the Skills Revolution, and why employers should shift their focus from just in time hiring strategies to becoming the builders of talent for today and tomorrow. In this survey, 61 percent of U.S. employers cited a lack of applicants, a lack of experience, and a lack of hard skills as the top three drivers for talent shortages within their respective organizations.

Apprenticeships: The Answer to Your Organization’s Latest and Greatest Emerging Risk

By |2019-10-10T16:57:56-04:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Apprenticeships, Automotive Apprenticeships, Blog, Changing The American Workforce, Digital Apprenticeships, Employers, Franklin Digital Apprenticeship Program, IT Apprenticeships, Missouri AutoMOtive! Apprenticeship Program, Missouri Digital Apprenticeship Program, Why Apprenticeships?, Workforce Development, Workforce Shortages|

Speed of innovation, increasing regulations, and the pace of digitalization all remain as top risks facing organizations. But what is the latest and greatest emerging risk to enter the board room that is here to stay? Staff shortages. That’s right – you read this correctly. The top emerging risk facing organizations isn’t responding to cybersecurity threats, or addressing GDPR – it’s the talent gap.

Build vs. Buy: Solving the Cyber Talent Shortage, Today

By |2019-10-10T17:01:22-04:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Digital Apprenticeships, Employers, Franklin Digital Apprenticeship Program, IT Apprenticeships, Missouri Digital Apprenticeship Program, Why Apprenticeships?, Workforce Development, Workforce Shortages|Tags: , , , |

Cybersecurity Ventures says the worldwide deficit of qualified cybersecurity professionals will reach 3.5 million by 2021. Yet,  CSO’s Top 5 cybersecurity facts, figures and statistics for 2018 paint a more dire picture: Since every IT position is responsible for protecting and defending data, apps, devices, infrastructure, and people – every IT position is also, to a [...]

Where Have All the Women Gone?

By |2019-08-19T08:47:11-04:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Careers, Changing The American Workforce, Digital Apprenticeships, Franklin Apprenticeships Careers, Franklin Digital Apprenticeship Program, IT Apprenticeships, Job Seekers, Missouri Digital Apprenticeship Program, Why Apprenticeships?, Workforce Development|Tags: , , , , , |

How Apprenticeships Help the IT Industry Attract and Retain Female Talent For a growing number of women, the tech industry is losing its charm – even though it is one of the highest paying growth industries in America.  More than half the US workforce is women, but only 20% of tech jobs are held by women. [...]

What’s Happening in the US Apprenticeship Industry?

By |2019-08-19T08:48:39-04:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Careers, Changing The American Workforce, Job Seekers, Why Apprenticeships?, Workforce Development, Workforce Shortages|Tags: , , , , , , |

Coverage of Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion   The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion submitted their final report to the President on May 10, 2018. The task force was initiated in response to President Trump’s June 15, 2017 Executive Order, Expanding Apprenticeships in America, “to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors [...]

Franklin Apprenticeships CEO Discusses Tomorrow’s Advanced Manufacturing Talent – Gen Z

By |2019-08-19T08:49:27-04:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: About Franklin Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships, Blog, Franklin Apprenticeships Interviews, Franklin Apprenticeships News, Why Apprenticeships?|Tags: , , , , , |

In a recent article published in AdvancedManufacturing.org, Kim Nichols, Franklin Apprenticeships Founder and CEO, explains why Gen Z is a “match made by mother nature” for Advanced Manufacturers and apprenticeships. Apprenticeship programs are becoming increasingly attractive to manufacturers, worldwide.  Yet, despite testimony from progressive US manufacturers who leverage apprenticeships to develop, grow, and retain workers in [...]

Cybersecurity Talent Shortage – A Solution for Financial Services and Insurance

By |2019-08-19T08:50:58-04:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Careers, Digital Apprenticeships, Employers, IT Apprenticeships, Why Apprenticeships?, Workforce Shortages|Tags: |

This US industry is prime for a cybersecurity apprenticeship movement! Cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing job skills of the new economy, is also one that holds the fastest growing skills gap. For the financial services and insurance industry –the largest spenders and consumers of cybersecurity technology next to government – the cybersecurity talent shortage threat [...]

Modern Apprenticeships: A Tip for Modern Manufacturers

By |2019-08-19T08:52:07-04:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Careers, Franklin Apprenticeships Interviews, Why Apprenticeships?|Tags: , |

Area Development Interviews Franklin Apprenticeships CEO about Modern Apprenticeships In a recent article, Apprenticeships are a Win-Win for Industries and Workers, Area Development’s editor asked our CEO, Kim Nichols, questions regarding today’s perception of manufacturing. They also discussed the status of the adoption of modern apprenticeships for workforce development in the US. This topic is one [...]

Franklin Apprenticeships Beta Launches “AskFranklin”, America’s First National Apprenticeship Job Board

By |2019-08-19T08:52:49-04:00March 18th, 2018|Categories: About Franklin Apprenticeships, Blog, Franklin Apprenticeships News, Job Seekers|Tags: , , , , |

March 12, 2018 (BALTIMORE, MD) –– In an announcement made today,  Franklin Apprenticeships beta launched “AskFranklin”, America’s first National Apprenticeship Job Board. AskFranklin is the first national apprenticeship job board of its kind that connects employers, aspiring apprentices, and apprenticeship services providers. In addition to apprenticeship job listings, AskFranklin includes content and videos supporting a modern apprenticeship [...]

Who Will Take Care of Mom and Dad?

By |2019-08-19T09:05:25-04:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Apprenticeships, Blog, Careers, Employers, Why Apprenticeships?|Tags: , , , |

Addressing America’s Growing Home Health Aide Crisis Home Health Aides – a member of the Direct Care Workers category alongside Nursing Assistants (usually known as Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs), and Personal Care Aides – is one of the lowest paying fields in not only healthcare, but also in the economy. In 2016, the Bureau of [...]