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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6 percent–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to find workers with the skills to man new machines and manage new processes. One solution has enchanted employers, educators, and policymakers on both sides of the...

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Job Shadowing Is Effective On-the-Job Training

Job shadowing is a type of on-the-job employee job training in which a new employee or an employee desiring to become familiar with a different job, follows and observes a trained and experienced employee. Job shadowing is an effective form of job training for certain jobs. Job shadowing allows a student, employee, or intern to gain comprehensive knowledge about what an employee who holds a particular job does every day. Job shadowing provides a far richer experience than reading a job description or doing an informational interview during which an employee describes his or her work. Job shadowing allows...

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You’re Fired

60 Minutes investigates how some businesses have fired American workers and replaced them with cheaper labor: temporary, foreign workers with H-1B visas. Bill Whitaker reports....

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Let’s help intermediaries expand US apprenticeships

Thanks to funding from Congress and leadership by the Obama administration, the US Department of Labor issued a grant announcement requesting proposals from national intermediary organizations to expand apprenticeships in the United States.  Intermediaries stand between the government and private individuals, families, and employers. Since the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America, the United States has been well known for its rich array of intermediating institutions, from churches to local charities to business associations. Nearly every country with a large-scale apprenticeship system relies heavily on intermediary organizations. Even in Germany, where apprenticeships are widespread and employers...

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Minimum wage hikes are causing businesses to cut jobs

In January, 19 US states raised their respective minimum wages. Washington was among the most generous, hiking by $1.53 (bringing it to $11 per hour). Arizona got an increase of $1.95—their “bottom rung” now sits at $10 per hour. In all, 4.3 million workers are slated to receive a hike as they earn less than the new minimum wage in their respective states. Well, that’s what’s meant to happen. Judging by the fallout from recent hikes, it seems things aren’t going according to plan. Minimum Wage Massacre In February, Wendy’s CEO Bob Wright said the firm expects wages to...

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I Can’t Fill My Security Head Count. What Can I Do?

(This article originally appeared on SCMagazine.) The talent deficit in cyber security is real. Teams are understaffed and recruiters are getting desperate. There’s simply too much work to go around. I’ve circled the globe talking with hundreds of organizations and having an open headcount is a universal topic. Sure, when a job is posted many applicants often apply, but the disconnect between the available candidates and the requisite skill sets, hunger, and knowledge is a large one. We must figure out what can be done to help fix this situation if we want any hope in creating cyber resiliency. The first thing to...

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How the Market Creates Jobs and How the Government Destroys Them

The Creation of Jobs If the media tell us that “the opening of XYZ mill has created 1,000 new jobs,” we give a cheer. When the ABC company closes and 500 jobs are lost, we’re sad. The politician who can provide a subsidy to save ABC is almost assured of wide spread public support for his work in preserving jobs. But jobs in and of themselves do not guarantee well, being. Suppose that the employment is to dig huge holes and fill them up again? What if the workers manufacture goods and services that no one wants to purchase? In the...

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When Nathan Kecy graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire a decade ago with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he found himself with about $10,000 in debt and few clear career options. He first found work as a door-to-door salesman (“a pyramid scheme,” he recalls) and then in telemarketing. Finally he landed a job as an infrastructure specialist for Datamatic, a Texas-based water-meter-technology company. He was traveling across the country installing meters, making a decent salary. But he lost his job after the company restructured in 2012, he said, and soon he found that his skills weren’t easily...

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Trump’s H-1B crackdown could be the kick in the pants Indian IT sorely needs

Indian IT is bracing for what it thinks will be a calamitous hit to its bread-and-butter business thanks to impending change in the H-1B regulations promised by Trump and re-activated by various legislation. For a $150-billion industry that gets 60 percent of its revenues from the US alone, but which has faced a disastrous flatlining in its revenue growth over the past year — not to mention difficulties in winning new business — this couldn’t have come at a worse time and reactions from various constituents certainly suggest so. Could it be that they all may be fretting about...

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2017 Best Cities for Cybersecurity Professionals

It’s a good time to be working in cybersecurity. As hackers continue their onslaught, stealing information in sectors ranging from health care to retail sales, businesses will need experts in digital security to fight back. In the first half of 2016, more than 554 million records were breached – a 31% increase over the previous six months. Analysts expect significant growth in the industry: More jobs will come, and companies will spend more money to shore up security. Cybersecurity Ventures projects companies and consumers will spend $1 trillion globally over the next five years on cybersecurity. That’s a projected...

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