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Wednesday August 30, 2017
Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute
Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants. Strong sector-based associations are key to the success of the Swiss apprenticeship system. In my final blog in a three-part series on the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system, I showcase Center for Young Professionals (CYP), the nonprofit center for basic banking education in Switzerland. In previous posts, I introduced VPET and shared my observations from visits to two Swiss companies’ apprenticeship programs. What is a Sector-Based...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Participants from around the world presented at CEMETS Summer Institute.
Participants from around the world presented at the CEMETS Summer Institute in Switzerland this past June. Recently, I travelled to Switzerland, a global leader in developing strong apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. I attended a 10-day intensive Summer Institute led by the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) at ETH Zurich, the leading research university in the country. The training is designed to help other countries learn about the Swiss apprenticeship system and prepare their own reform initiatives. This is the first blog...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Monday July 24, 2017
By guest
By Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development of the California Community Colleges Today’s job market is tough for the average college-educated American—but for someone without skills, it can be nearly impossible. And if we look to the future—with artificial intelligence and technologies beyond our current imagination poised to alter the workforce landscape—the challenge to remain marketable can be daunting for even the most experienced trade worker. Higher education is the stop-gap to thriving in the rapidly changing job market, with students looking to...
Tags: Future of Work, Workforce Partnership, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday April 24, 2017
One trend to watch closely as we explore the future of work is the changing nature of the employer/employee relationship—particularly the fact that, legally, fewer people in the workforce can even be called “employees.” Independent contractors—or “1099” workers, named by the IRS form they file to report their income—make up a growing proportion of workers compared to prior years, with freelance accounting for nearly a third of all jobs added from 2010 to 2014. Hiring contract workers instead of employees has obvious benefits for businesses but also has drawbacks, which may disproportionately...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday March 6, 2017
As I enter my third month as JFF’s President and CEO, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that in order to advance JFF’s mission of helping all young people and adults attain quality credentials and employment, we must think about our strategies and solutions within the context that the rapid changes and economic trends—such as the growth in automation technologies and contract-based work arrangements—are bringing to the workplace and to the very future of work in our society. Almost 35 years ago, Hilary Pennington and Arthur White founded JFF to help: states bridge their workforce skill...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs