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Nicholas Wyman

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Job Skills & Training in the 21st-Century Workplace.

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The Age Of Automation Is Here: How To Navigate The New World Of Work

If there's anything workforce experts agree on, it's that the number of jobs that can be done more effectively by robots than humans is growing at an exponential rate. Exponential. It's hard to fathom the meaning of that. We're in new territory - the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And it's happening right now.

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A Healthcare Company Finds the Right Medicine

Rhode Island-based CVS Health (CVSH) is a major U.S. employer, with nearly 300,000 people on its payroll.It is also the first American employer to have initiated a registered apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. Since 2005 over 8,000 individuals have signed on to that earn-while-you-learn program, making CVSH one of the most experienced U.S.

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Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

Instructor helps a student participating in a woodworking manufacturing training program in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg Charlie Negron Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are [...]

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Apprenticeships: Going Medieval On The Job Skills Gap

Apprentices are essential employees who are paid while they learn, both in the workplace and in more traditional educational environments. There are advantages of learning first-hand from an experienced tradesperson. An apprentice acquires mastery of an occupation, inside and out.

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How Jobs Are Being Created In A Rising New Industry

Something remarkable happened in December 2016: the cost of installing and generating new solar electric power dropped to just $1.65/W. That's below new generation from fossil fuel plants and a smidgen less than wind-generated electricity. That milestone meant the cost of solar electricity shrunk an incredible 70% over a decade.

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Fear Not The Job-Stealing Robots

Let's face it. You're probably like most people. You've heard about workplace automation probably taking your job. But it won't happen to you or maybe anyone you know, right? Much hot air is spent on the topic of workplace automation and its consequences for workers. Opinions are divided.

Securitymagazine
Could Cybersecurity Apprentices Fix the Nation’s Talent Shortage?

Almost weekly, we hear of encroachments into big data systems in government, the military, finance, health, hospitality and retail – to name just some of the affected industry sectors. As awareness of our vulnerability has increased, demand for cybersecurity specialists has risen dramatically.

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Google's Tech Roadshow Hits The Skills Gap Spot

Late last month, I elbowed my way in to a free ' Grow with Google ' (GwG) expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Along with 700 other attendees, I spent the day taking part in free workshops, watching demos and experiencing one-on-one coaching. What was it all about? In short, the skills gap.

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How Jobs Are Being Created In A Rising New Industry

Something remarkable happened in December 2016: the cost of installing and generating new solar electric power dropped to just $1.65/W. That's below new generation from fossil fuel plants and a smidgen less than wind-generated electricity. That milestone meant the cost of solar electricity shrunk an incredible 70% over a decade.

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How To Boost Your Online Job Profile With Terms Employers Want

Software engineer, buyer planner, editor, developer and graphic artist are the categories employers are increasingly searching for, according to recent research from the world's largest job site, Indeed. You probably didn't think these three - buyer planners, editors or graphic artists - were in-high-demand parts of the skills gaps that employers are scratching to fill, perhaps.

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Don't Be So Quick To Dismiss Service Jobs

Where are the jobs? Today, most are in the service sector. And that's the forecast for tomorrow, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, service jobs will continue to outpace employment in all other sectors for the next quarter century. Let's put some figures around that.

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Good Jobs, Even In A World Of Automation

We are experiencing what some call a "tsunami of technological change," the effects of which may be as disruptive for us as the industrial revolution was for people in the 19th century. Here's the lowdown on the future of work. Automation, big data, robotics and artificial intelligence are coming on fast and profoundly changing the way we live.

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How Vocational Learning Will Create American Jobs

The State of the Union address reconfirmed to the nation why vocational learing pathways are necessary for a productive and competitive economy. The President said in his address "as tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training.

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America's Workforce Is Paying A Huge Price For The Opioid Epidemic

America's opioid and heroin crisis was declared a national public health emergency last month. The epidemic claimed 64,000 lives last year - more than car accidents or guns. Opiate-related overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.

Bloomberg.com
Apprenticeships Could Narrow the U.S. Skills Gap

In mid-March, during one of those CEO meetings that President Donald Trump used to hold before they were disbanded, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, was asked to make some brief remarks. One of Benioff's passions is apprenticeships; he believes that if the U.S.

Financial Review Boss Magazine
It's Time To Renew High School

At P-TECH schools – the name is derived from Pathways in Technology – students stay for an extra two years after year 12.

Forbes
Jobs Now! Learning From The Swiss Apprenticeship Model

American employers have complained for years about a shortage of skilled workers-not only in the traditional trades (mechanics, welders, electricians, machinists, etc.), but in tech, healthcare, manufacturing, and service sectors. The current administration aims to close that "skills gap" by dramatically increasing the number of company-sponsored apprenticeships.

Fortune
This New Trump Plan Could Be the Answer to Millennial Job Woes

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to substantially increase the number of U.S. apprenticeships from the current 500,000 (minuscule for the size of the economy) by doubling the amount the government spends on apprenticeship programs. Trump's emphasis on this plan is cause for optimism that he will significantly improve the number and quality of apprenticeships in the economy.

Quartz
Apprenticeships can be the key to Trump's promise to create millions of new American jobs

At the recent White House roundtable discussion on vocational education attended by president Trump and German chancellor Angela Merkel, Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, called on the President to "take a moonshot goal to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years." Given the president campaigned on a promise to deliver 25...

CNBC
Time to skill up, America!

With the U.S. economy and job market feeling the forces of globalization and the ever-increasing pace of technological change, the key to the nation's economic success in the years to come will be a skilled, well educated and productive workforce.

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The School-To-Work Transition Is Broken: Here's Who's Fixing It

The U.S. unemployment rate in November 2015 was 5.0%, down from a high of 10% in October 2009. Among young people, however, unemployment is significantly higher: just under 16% for 18-19 year olds. At the same time, a number of industry sectors are adding jobs, including professional and business services, health care, [...]

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What Is The One Thing That Can Strengthen America's Economic Armor?

In May 2015, automaker Volvo finalized a deal that will move most of its North American production to South Carolina, where its new plant should be operational in 2018, employing 2,000 people and rolling out some 100,000 new vehicles each year. Skilled workers assemble engines at Volvo in Sweden.

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A Career Pathway To Educational And Employment Success

New and emerging technologies are redefining the nature of work and job skills at a pace that demands, likewise, a transformation in education. Sixty-five percent of children starting school today will need skills for jobs that don't even exist yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Building The Case For Skill-Based Education

Although it has been several years since the global financial meltdown of 2008 - which saw stock markets throughout the world crash and hundreds of thousands of people lose their jobs - unemployment in the United States remains persistently high. A carpenter carries lumber inside a house under construction in Peoria, [...]

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America's Got Talent - Trump's Spotlight On Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are getting a lot of press in the past few days as something of a cure-all for America's economic woes. Skills shortages are stifling our economy, particularly in global export and advanced high-value manufacturing markets. In fact, across the U.S., industries are begging for talented workers as six million vacancies remain unfilled.

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Why 5 Million Apprenticeships Will Make America Great Again

Most observers today credit Germany's vibrant manufacturing sector and low youth unemployment rate to the robust skills of its work force. At a roundtable in Washington D.C., one U.S. CEO has called for the creation of five million new apprenticeships.

Forbes
Sampling The World Of Work In A Four-Hour Adventure

What type of work would I be good at-or truly enjoy doing? Sadly many people graduate high school with no marketable skills, no experience and no plans. Read about one innovative way to introduce younger children to the world of work.

Forbes
College Grads: What No One Is Telling You About Getting Hired

Looking for some practical Job-seeking advice you haven't heard before ? Recruiters spend less than five minutes scanning CVs so to standout, highlight your skills relating to the job vacancy. Innovate. Would a video resume be a good fit for the industry or sector you're targeting?

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Firefighting Goes Beyond Extinguishing Flames: Inside The Admirable Vocation

Firefighters. They are different than the rest of us. While others run away from a burning building, they race toward it. They hold the line against raging wild fires, pull people from burning buildings, and deal with all types of disasters, including floods, traffic accidents, and chemical spills.

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3 Ways The Skills Gap Offers Opportunity

America has been sold on the myth that a four-year degree is the only ticket to a solid future. But in reality, this idea that everyone should pursue a college degree has fueled a glaring problem that is crippling the economy and threatening the very future of the Middle Class in America.

Forbes
Why Investing In Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense

In a highly polarized election cycle, it is hard to find a topic on which presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree. But there is at least one area of common ground: both candidates know that the strength of the economy depends on getting more people into good jobs.

Forbes
3 Ways The Skills Gap Offers Opportunity

America has been sold on the myth that a four-year degree is the only ticket to a solid future. But in reality, this idea that everyone should pursue a college degree has fueled a glaring problem that is crippling the economy and threatening the very future of the Middle Class in America.

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Why German-Style Education Is Coming To America

Minnesota State Senator Terri Bonoff gets a lot of requests to attend ceremonial openings. But when Swiss-German manufacturing company Bühler asked her to cut the ribbon at its new apprenticeship program, it sparked her interest. Based on the German dual system, Bühler's apprenticeship program brings in trainee-hires as full-time employees [...]

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How Apprenticeship Will Save The American Economy

President Barack Obama has proclaimed this week - November 1 though November 7 - as National Apprenticeship Week. States the President, "during National Apprenticeship Week, we recognize the ways apprenticeships foster innovation and prosperity, and we recommit to encouraging and supporting those who offer and partake in them."

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It's Time For America To Expand Modern Apprenticeship

When a room full of passionate apprenticeship advocates met in Washington yesterday for the first day of the Apprenticeship Forward conference, the mood was understandably upbeat and optimistic. Why? Because calls for the U.S. to expand apprenticeship programs seem to be gaining more traction daily.

Forbes
What Is The One Thing That Can Strengthen America's Economic Armor?

In May 2015, automaker Volvo finalized a deal that will move most of its North American production to South Carolina, where its new plant should be operational in 2018, employing 2,000 people and rolling out some 100,000 new vehicles each year. Skilled workers assemble engines at Volvo in Sweden.

Forbes
Building The Case For Skill-Based Education

Although it has been several years since the global financial meltdown of 2008 - which saw stock markets throughout the world crash and hundreds of thousands of people lose their jobs - unemployment in the United States remains persistently high. A carpenter carries lumber inside a house under construction in Peoria, [...]

Forbes
To Launch A Successful High-Tech Career, Go To Work In A Factory

Ain't gonna work in the factory greasy up my clothes Ain't gonna work in the factory get splinters in my toes -- from The Factory Girl Song Americans believe in factories. According to a study by the Manufacturing Institute, 90% of Americans think a robust manufacturing base is vital to [...]

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Surgical Technologist: A Great Job That Doesn't Require A College Degree

About two years ago I was staying at a hotel with my family in Wayne, Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia. My wife and I woke at 4 a.m. to a parent's worst nightmare: my three-year-old son, James, gasping for breath, and turning blue. I called 911 while my wife carried [...]

Forbes
Leading On College Tuition Reform?

Last January, President Barack Obama announced a plan to make two-year community college free for all Americans. This week, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her New College Compact, a $350 billion program to make four-year college programs tuition-free for students at public universities. Student loan debt accounts for [...]

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Clinton's Plan To Expand Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense

During a recent forum at South Carolina's Trident Technical College, candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a tax incentive to encourage employers to take on more apprentices. With unemployment among 18 to 34 year olds at 7.8%, and nearly 15% among young African-American adults, the need for more apprenticeships and other forms [...]

Forbes
What Is The One Thing That Can Strengthen America's Economic Armor?

In May 2015, automaker Volvo finalized a deal that will move most of its North American production to South Carolina, where its new plant should be operational in 2018, employing 2,000 people and rolling out some 100,000 new vehicles each year. Skilled workers assemble engines at Volvo in Sweden.

Forbes
3 Ways The Skills Gap Offers Opportunity

America has been sold on the myth that a four-year degree is the only ticket to a solid future. But in reality, this idea that everyone should pursue a college degree has fueled a glaring problem that is crippling the economy and threatening the very future of the Middle Class in America.

Forbes
It's Time For America To Expand Modern Apprenticeship

When a room full of passionate apprenticeship advocates met in Washington yesterday for the first day of the Apprenticeship Forward conference, the mood was understandably upbeat and optimistic. Why? Because calls for the U.S. to expand apprenticeship programs seem to be gaining more traction daily.

Books & Magazines

Changethis
Change This - The Power of Apprenticeship

"There is a huge shift happening in the United States right now: a return to the time-honored tradition of apprenticeship. ... Modern apprenticeships have countless advantages for employers and the economy on the whole, as well as for anyone, at any stage of life, looking to launch a successful, well-paid, and fulfilling career."

Academic Papers

Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization Volume 9 | Issue 1-2 | Winter-Spring 2014 p.113-123
MIT Press Journals

How Apprenticeships Build and Sustain Skills-Based Careers (Innovations Case Narrative: The Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation)

Low Carbon Earth Summit Dalian China
2001
Green Jobs for a Green Future – Transition to a low Carbon Economy

Possible policy measures are dependent on the economic framework of their country. A simple framework is proposed in which countries are placed in a two-dimensional space. One dimension is government control of the economy at one end with industry autonomy at the other.

Nostalgia. Early work.

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