Job training

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    Soft skills are hard to find, say employers

    Wall Street Journal today: In a Wall Street Journal survey of nearly 900 executives last year, 92% said soft skills were equally important or more important than technical skills. But 89% said they have a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite attributes. Many say it’s…
    Jon Sanders, August 30, 2016
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    Jobs for Life in the news

    A wonderful story out of Garner: Out of work and out of money, Mutunga lived in the woods in Garner for two years. He would slip into First Baptist Church for a meal. That’s where he met state trooper Sgt. Joe Gaskins, who could tell Mutunga needed help. ……
    Jon Sanders, June 19, 2014
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    Re: A local, faith-based approach to improving the jobs picture

    The contributions of an organization such as Jobs for Life are quite valuable. A few years ago I studied job training programs and contrasted government programs with private and charitable ones. The research literature “repeatedly found that government-provided programs are wasteful and inefficient and not infrequently yield negative returns,” whereas…
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2014
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    Three cheers for StepUp

    The News & Observer recently wrote about an important charitable provider of job training here in Wake County, StepUp Ministry. StepUp reaches out to the hardest to employ — the homeless, those with criminal pasts, drug addicts, etc. — and gives them job training that includes life skills…
    Jon Sanders, January 14, 2013
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    Those hard-to-find soft skills

    The Wall Street Journal writes today about a key impediment in hiring: fewer applicants have soft skills: … considerable evidence suggests that many employers would be happy just to find job applicants who have the sort of “soft” skills that used to be almost taken for granted. In the…
    Jon Sanders, September 24, 2012
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    Job training in the news again

    It’s a highly cherished fiction1 by policymakers that they are the ones who create the jobs, not the millions of individual entrepreneurs and small-business owners making unobserved individual hires looking out for their own best interests. Politicians love the ribbon-cutting ceremonies, the press releases, the corporate-welfare incentives, the…
    Jon Sanders, February 20, 2012
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    Looking ahead to the job market in 2018

    In Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008–2018, researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identified fields that will experience signficant job growth nationally and by state. In North Carolina, the Business, Management, and Administration cluster will be the largest…
    Terry Stoops, November 17, 2011