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Displaying items tagged: Talent 2025 Inc

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 17:10

Talent First launches rebrand, talent solutions series 

The former CEO alliance known as Talent 2025 has rebranded as Talent First Inc., unveiled a fresh strategic initiative and will soon launch a five-part program designed to address employers’ needs amid a quickly evolving workforce. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:00

Pandemic amplifies talent shortage, lack of diversity in construction industry

West Michigan’s construction industry has long faced a talent shortage fueled by a worker exodus during the 2008 recession, stigma around going into skilled trades, and firms failing to recruit a diverse workforce. 

Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:36

Redefining skills may be the key to filling the gap

Recent research has indicated the so-called skills gap of the past decade may have been associated more with expectations of employers than the qualifications of the workforce. Millions of jobs were lost in the U.S. during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, and for years after the economic decline officially yielded, high unemployment rates persisted. Even with large pools of job seekers, employers reported difficulty in finding candidates with acceptable skills, credentialing or postsecondary education. Many experts dubbed the phenomenon a “skills gap.”

Published in Talent

Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:45

Michigan first of Midwest states to legalize recreational marijuana

Proponents of statewide and local ballot initiatives went four-for-four on election night, establishing a new process for drawing legislative districts, increasing access to voting and dedicating funding for early childhood development in Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:19

Bucking the Trend: West Michigan leaders focus on career pathways for students

As more high school students eschew enrolling in college, West Michigan technical centers and higher education institutions are searching for ways to push them to different career pathways.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:20

To bring in talent, manufacturing ‘must sell itself’ to students

GRAND RAPIDS — Like many West Michigan-based manufacturers, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. has adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to counter industry stereotypes and address talent-attraction challenges. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Call to Action: As education results in Michigan slip, stakeholders mobilize

Michigan’s beleaguered K-12 public education system continues to take a beating from the state’s business groups.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:32

Automation shifts workforce needs for West Michigan manufacturers

Manufacturers in West Michigan have turned to automation in recent years to get jobs done quicker and cheaper, and their investments in the technology shows no signs of slowing down.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 October 2017 11:59

Lack of available workers begins to hit manufacturing output

While countless manufacturers throughout West Michigan have lamented the lack of available talent, evidence shows the workforce constraint has finally affected the industry’s ability to grow.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 01 October 2017 17:27

Employers, educators unite to tackle persistent shortage of tech talent

GRAND RAPIDS — A coalition of West Michigan employers and educators wants to bring more people into the tech sector through an outreach initiative intended to grow the talent pool.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:21

Finding talent remains challenging for West Michigan contractors

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:31

Banks feel the talent gap: Hiring curbed by gutted training programs, lack of interest among younger generations

Bankers say they hear it regularly from their clients: It’s gotten awfully hard to find good talent these days.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 20 March 2016 16:59

Primera Plastics invests in youth mentorship, workforce development

ZEELAND — Manufacturers have had to get creative in balancing the dual workforce needs of attracting new talent — particularly young people — and retaining their existing workers. 

Published in Manufacturing