Because when they fall behind their peers and the overall economy — think Detroit — their citizens may never truly catch up.
Job training has been a prominent issue during a recession that’s led to massive declines in employment, particularly in sectors such as construction where hiring isn’t likely to rebound to pre-recession levels. For those who’ve been laid off, the effects can be long-lasting. Workers unemployed in the early 1980s suffered a 30% drop in income in the year after losing a job. A decade later their earnings were still 20% lower than their peers who managed to keep their jobs.
Oct 14, 2010 9:15 AM
Ohio money manager Dock David Treece says the U.S. has a great chance to revive its long-fading factory sector. Overseas wage costs have risen, you've got quality and IP issues to deal with and plenty of companies have received black PR eyes. Treece rightly says workforce training is needed, but there is one big issue he underplays a bit.
For the most part the jobs that left this country were in manufacturing, and not necessarily because they were cheaper abroad. Many Americans simply haven’t wanted to get their hands dirty. Having been convinced that the US is the most educated, developed nation in the world, many feel that a college degree entitles them to a $100,000 per year desk job.
Sep 30, 2010 11:08 AM
On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $250 million in new grants that will be made available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for increasing the physician workforce — specifically primary care docs. Of that money, $168 million will go to schools that train primary care physicians, $32 million will go to programs that train physician assistants and $30 million will go to schools or hospitals that train nurses. Of course, awards are subject to an application process. But it stands to reason that local medical schools — like Meharry, which earlier this week was named one of the country's top producers of primary care physicians — could see some funding to help combat the country's primary care shortage.
Jun 18, 2010 7:35 AM
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam has more details on how he wants to improve the delivery of relevant job training via Tennessee's community colleges and technology centers.
“Essentially, we just need to have flexibility at the local level to meet the needs of each community’s businesses and workforce,” Haslam continued. “This can mean a lot of different things, but the point is to let local demand drive the operation the way we do in business.
Apr 22, 2010 3:44 PM
If so, the state's got help. The Department of Labor & Workforce Development is dedicating more than $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act cash to retraining efforts for workers at the now-shuttered Saturn/GM plant in Spring Hill as well as its suppliers.
“These Recovery Act dollars will go a long way to help unemployed workers prepare for jobs in areas where there are skill shortages,” said Commissioner [James] Neeley. “We are committed to helping as many people as possible who are looking to rejoin the workforce.”
Dec 16, 2009 9:50 AM
Global energy equipment maker Schneider Electric is moving its Experience Center from Orlando to La Vergne, where it will showcase the company's products and provide a training base for its installers.
Nov 25, 2009 9:27 AM
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the State Workforce Investment Board and MTSU's Business and Economic Research Center have received a $765,340 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve the matching of the state's green jobs with workers.
The survey will focus on public and private interest in renewable transportation, sustainable agriculture, and Federal funding focused on the State’s burgeoning green economy. This survey will expand on prior green studies (Growing Green: the Potential for Green Job Growth in Tennessee 2008) by providing current estimates for the number of green jobs and green job vacancies within the 13 labor and workforce investment areas of Tennessee. A focus of the grant is to help workers affected by significant automotive-related restructurings connect to career pathways in green industries. Additionally, the grant will develop an enhanced online self-service labor exchange module to match green job seekers with respective employers.All the DOL grants are here.
Nov 19, 2009 8:34 AM
National HealthCare Corp. (Ticker: NHC) has received accreditation from the American Physical Therapy Association for a clinical residency program to train geriatric clinical specialists. The senior care company said the program will help develop its staff and attract new clinicians.
Oct 15, 2009 10:01 AM
Vanderbilt professor Peter Buerhaus is a co-author of a study that predicts a big jump in the number of unfilled nursing positions at the end of the next decade.
“That means that access to care is going to be very dependent on the availability of nurses,” Buerhaus said. “Not just in hospitals but in doctors’ offices and nursing homes. You name it, access will be affected, and the quality of care and the safety of care will certainly be affected.” Buerhaus added, “Clearly the patient is going to notice this in a very direct way.”
Jun 17, 2009 10:06 AM