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Industry engagement in workforce development crucial, report finds

Our Gateway team is often asked how its job training programs are so successful at turning graduates into job-holders. The Gateway numbers are well above the rest: more than 80 percent of graduates finding a job in the field within 45 days and more than 90 percent graduate. We recently found a paper, titled "Building America’s Job Skills with Effective Workforce Programs: A Training Strategy to Raise Wages and Increase Work Opportunities," that summarized the answer well. Here's the Continue Reading >

Happy National Nurses Week to our Certified Nurse Aide graduates!

Our Skillpoint Alliance team would like to send a big, huge shout-out to all Central Texas nurses and a special high-five to our Certified Nurse Aide graduates for National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6 through 12 to raise awareness of the nursing industry and show some appreciation for our hardworking nurses. Did you know? Texas could lose more than 40 percent of its working nurses in the next ten years due to retirements. The average age of Registered Nurses in Texas Continue Reading >

Key Findings from the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis

We read the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis, recently released by the Austin Area Research Organization and the Ray Marshall Center and just knew we had to share. There are many Austinites who are unaware that workforce development is one of the most pressing issues that our community faces. The statistics are out there about how well-educated our community is, but this does not always translate to a well-developed workforce. Austin has jobs and Austin has the Continue Reading >

Article Highlights Need for Construction Industry

We know we are a little late to the game on this one, but we need to share it. A recent USA Today article “Construction Industry Faces Worker Shortage” makes the perfect platform for explaining why workforce development matters: 2.2 million= the number of jobs the construction industry shed from January 2007 until last year Those construction workers aren’t coming back to work. Many leveraged their construction skills for a career in oil and gas drilling, trucking or factories. Now, as Continue Reading >

Soft Skills: The MVP of a Good Workplace

Knowing how to communicate, dealing with conflict, practicing proper office etiquette, working in a team—these are a few of the soft skills that turn a good employee into a great one. However, soft skills are not easily taught because, for many of us, these are habits that we’ve been practicing our whole life. Luckily, Chris Fortune, our FOCUS program director, has been teaching soft skills for quite a while. Part of Gateway graduates’ success stems from the at least 16 hours of instruction Continue Reading >