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Viewpoint: Nonprofits need private sector help

Posted on August 15, 2019

By Stephanie Berkowitz // Washington Business Journal

A recent national survey revealed something many of us already know: Virginia is a great state for business. The Commonwealth earned the top spot in an annual CNBC study that scores states across 10 categories including workforce, education and quality of life.

To my mind, CNBC omitted an important criterion that makes the Northern Virginia business community special: a commitment to joining forces with nonprofit partners to address the daily hardships and entrenched barriers faced by many of our neighbors.

Topics: employee engagement, community development, labor pipeline, impact investing, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: employee engagement, community development, labor pipeline, impact investing, workforce development, economic opportunity

Cascade Engineering CEO: Why Engagement Matters to Company Culture

Posted on August 9, 2019

EHS Today

Christina Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering, which manufactures large plastic injection moldings, certainly walks the talk.

The first thing you see on their website is “Business with a Different Mindset – through engineering, manufacturing and a meaningful culture, we’re devoted to making things better – people, planet and profit.”

Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention

Manufacturing workforce development: Opportunity knocks

Posted on July 17, 2019

Plant Services

How do manufacturers secure and develop reliable, long-term employees? They reconsider traditional employment requirements, train early, and hire locally. In their 2018 skills-gap study, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that “prioritizing competencies and potential in job candidates over strict adherence to sometimes arbitrary factors such as years of experience” could prove productive and even necessary in manufacturers’ quest to find needed talent.

Topics: resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, career training

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Topics: resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, career training

Employers Develop Common Job App

Posted on April 26, 2019

Grand Rapids Business Journal


A local employee support organization and four employers have teamed to help job seekers save one of their most precious commodities: time.

Four West Michigan employers — Butterball Farms and Wolverine Coil Spring in Grand Rapids, Cascade Engineering in Cascade Township and Zeeland Lumber & Supply based in Zeeland — have created a common employment application by which job seekers can apply for open positions at any of the four employers.

Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Posted on April 13, 2018

Slate

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention