Today, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 17th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn. Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, honored Jill Sebest Welch, Barley Snyder LLC, for outstanding service as immediate past chair of the board.
In addition, the following were recognized as Friends of Workforce:
- Contribution to the Mission Award to Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District;
- Building Bridges in our Community Award to the Clipper Stadium for its support of work experience programs for youth;
- Expanding our Horizons Award to the Arconic Foundation for providing funding for identification and short-term training for people facing barriers to employment.
The keynote speaker was Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Workforce Development Board, provided an overview of the current state of the Lancaster County workforce. Matthew Sanger and John Robbins of ELANCO presented on the challenges, partnerships, and success of work-based opportunities.
We would like to thank our sponsors and all who participated in this event. We hope to see you next year at the 18th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.
The Lancaster County Workforce Development Board was proud to be participating in the Extraordinary Give on November 18.
Thank you! Your support of job seekers was greatly appreciated.
In addition, we want to thank those who visited PA CareerLink's Open House, 1016 N. Charlotte Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.
76% of the 425+ employers surveyed across Pennsylvania ranked the readiness of the current labor force to meet the needs of employers as fair (50%) or poor (26%). The biggest frustrations employers have with job seekers:
- Poor work ethic
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of interpersonal skills
- Lack of interview etiquette
- Lack of phone etiquette
- Inability to communicate confidently and maturely
If you need help with job seeking, please contact the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County.
Today, employers are looking for:
- Logical thinking/problem solving
- Verbal communication skills
- Reading comprehension
- Basic math and writing
- Academic degrees/certifications
The workforce skills needed in the next ten years are:
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Verbal/written communication
- Project management
- Trades and related skills
- Presentation skills
- Business skills
This research was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research.
The baby boomer generation is hitting retirement age, and companies must prepare for what could be a major exodus, or some call it the "silver tsunami."
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next. It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over).
Lenexa, KS (Manufacturing.net, June 8, 2015): Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.
They added 280,000 jobs — a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.
Yet Friday's report from the Labor Department showed that employers seem confident that the economy is regaining its footing after shrinking at the start of the year and that their customer demand will accelerate.
"It's kind of a strange situation because consumers are getting jobs, and their incomes are improving," said John Silvia, chief economist at the bank Wells Fargo.
Six years after the worst downturn in more than seven decades officially ended, Silvia said, "We've moved beyond the Great Recession."
Across the economy, employers are betting that steady hiring has begun to drive economic momentum. Home and auto sales are up. Restaurants, sports stadiums, theaters and hotels added 57,000 workers last month in anticipation of summer vacations.
Lenexa, KS (Manufacturing.net, June 5, 2015): U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May, leading to the slight increase.
Last month's strong job growth suggests that employers remained confident enough to keep hiring even after the economy shrank during the first three months of the year. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined net 32,000.
Construction, health care and hospitality companies drove the May job growth. On the negative side, persistently cheaper oil led energy companies to shed workers for a fifth straight month.
Average hourly wages rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, showing some pick-up. Still, pay is barely rising faster than inflation, a persistent problem for the economy that has limited growth.
One of the reasons Manufacturing Day was started was to address what's known as the "skills gap" — the mismatch between the skills held by available workers and the skills that manufacturers require.
While it's something manufacturers have felt for a while, it was first formally documented in a landmark study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute in 2001, and then updated periodically.
The 2015 Skills Gap Report has just been released and the concerning trends continue — there's a growing misalignment of skills in the manufacturing sector.
To read a summary of the report, download the presentation we've posted on mfgday.com. And while you're there, register an event or sign up to attend one. Let's do something about this skills gap!