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Rotation Programs as Upskilling Strategies

One form of upskilling that is getting new attention is rotation programs, where employees are moved through different jobs or assignments to gain new experience or skills. These programs have a long history in developing new leaders, but can be a valuable learning experience for frontline workers in a time where skills are rapidly changing or becoming obsolete. Read More

From Tuition Reimbursement to Tuition Disbursement: Key Components and Considerations

Changing the way your business manages its tuition assistance program can make it easier for your employees to expand their education and learn new skills to help keep your company competitive. By moving away from a reimbursement model to a disbursement model, businesses can remove one of the primary barriers for many employees who want to pursue a better education. For employers who want to create a learning culture within their company, Upskill America and i4cp developed a guide to walk you through the key steps and decisions needed to make the transition from a tuition reimbursement model to a tuition disbursement model. Read More

Key Elements of Successful Tuition Assistance Programs: A New Model for Workforce Development

Employers must enable, promote, and reward upskilling or run the risk of becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, too many organizations still rely on an outdated tuition reimbursement model that leaves learning and development opportunities beyond the reach of most workers. Organizations need to implement a smarter, more integrated and effective tuition assistance model that can serve as the centerpiece of the development culture companies need to remain competitive. Read More

Solving the Talent Shortage: Build, Buy, Borrow and Bridge

Over half of companies in a recent ManpowerGroup report are investing in learning platforms and development tools to build their talent pipeline. Read More

U.S. L&D Report: 2018: Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy

How are companies approaching their workplace learning strategy? surveyed learning & development professionals across the US to identify trends and patterns of high-performing departments at companies like Getty Images, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Farmers Insurance, and more. Read More

LinkedIn 2018 Workplace Learning Report

"The short shelf life of skills and a tightening labor market are giving rise to a multitude of skill gaps. Businesses are fighting to stay ahead of the curve, trying to hold onto their best talent and struggling to fill key positions." LinkedIn surveyed approximately 4,000 professionals with the goal of providing a holistic view of modern workplace learning. Read More

Making Apprenticeships Work: Five Policy Recommendations

In many ways, the apprenticeship model can help answer the questions that keep lawmakers and innovators up at night – questions about how we can reimagine our approach to higher education in ways that expand opportunity, promote socioeconomic mobility, and align more closely with job outcomes. They also offer older workers a pathway into new jobs without the loss of income that would come from enrolling in a traditional higher education program. This paper outlines a vision for policy change that can help us rethink that approach – not just with regard to apprenticeships, but the country’s entire system of education and workforce development. Read More

Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All

For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches to the future of work. For policymakers, reskilling and retraining the existing workforce are essential levers to fuel future economic growth, enhance societal resilience in the face of technological change and pave the way for future-ready education systems for the next generation of workers. This new report by the World Economic Forum provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments. Read More

New National Network Report: Apprenticeships for the Modern World

In a new report, the National Network of Business and Industry Associations features the stories of employers across the country who are putting Americans on the path to career success through expanded apprenticeship opportunities. Read More

Mercy Health: Using Evidence to Drive Hiring and Advancement

The Mercy Health, West Michigan case study is the second in CareerSTAT’s business practice series on how healthcare employers measure the impact of their investments on frontline workers. This study documents Mercy Health’s approach to workforce development and program measurement with a focus on how strategic goals, workforce needs, and programmatic tools influence decision making and investment goals. Read More