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Lifeworks Partners with Skillpoint to Provide Professional Development to Youth

Last month, Lifeworks partnered with Skillpoint Alliance’s Professional Development department to provide 60 hours of Workforce Readiness training courses for youth between the ages of 18-21. Classes were provided to train participants entry level job skills including professionalism in the workplace, communication skills, and problem solving techniques to help them succeed in real life situations. Instructors also provided constructive feedback to achieve success in the workplace. All Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance Awards Local Leaders throughout Central Texas

On Thursday, December 17, the STEM Council and Adult Workforce Council at Skillpoint Alliance cohosted their year-end meeting at Electronic Art’s offices in North Austin. After the scheduled expert panels and presentations, Skillpoint Alliance awarded leaders in industry, community, and education for their role in helping to expand Skillpoint’s programs throughout Central Texas. The STEM Council winners were; Kevin Lally at Tokyo Electron America; The Ingram School of Engineering at Texas Continue Reading >

Gateway Program Providing Soldiers with Pathway for Success

On Friday, November 22, the Skillpoint Alliance Gateway program held their first graduation in Killeen, Texas after partnering with the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade to provide transitioning veterans with Certified Nurses Aide training. We were recently featured in the Fort Hood Herald about our training program, and how the soldiers have been taking to the program and their clients. Bethany Paul, Skillpoint’s Gateway program coordinator, worked directly with the students during the Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance Adult Workforce Program Graduates Receive Local Awards

Workforce Solutions Capital Area celebrated their 5th Annual Awards Luncheon by recognizing businesses and individuals for their achievements in professional development. Three of the five individual awardees to receive special recognition were graduates of the Gateway program at Skillpoint Alliance, which provides training and education for those in need, preparing individuals for entry-level employment in four to eight weeks. The awardees were Felipe Salinas, Ian Lawler, and Abighail Continue Reading >

The Skills Gap and Why It Matters

At Skillpoint Alliance, our efforts focus on closing the skills gap in Central Texas. Although most headlines revolve around quantity and quality of jobs, it's the skills gap that matters for our economic progress. What is the 'skills gap?' In the words of Executive Director Margo Dover, Central Texas has jobs and Central Texas has the unemployed. Our businesses want to hire our residents; moving citizens from our counties and cities here hurts their bottom lines. The problem is that many Continue Reading >

Survey highlights need for soft skills development in new grads

Summer is hiring season for many tech firms, but not all IT grads are ready for the workforce. According to a survey of Chief Information Officers from Robert Half Technologies, one in four respondents said entry-level employees weren't ready to contribute to the workplace. Over half (55 percent) said a lack of communication and leadership skills was to blame. We've heard this many times before. New employees can learn and perfect technical skills on the job, but an understanding of Continue Reading >

Adult Workforce Council Panel Discusses the Challenges of Transitioning Veterans

Last Tuesday, the Adult Workforce Council invited veteran advocacy groups, community partners and employers from across central Texas to participate in a panel about how our community can better address the employment barriers of military veterans. All veterans encounter barriers when transitioning to the civilian workforce. These include: Communicating your skills-- Job descriptions in the military don't always match up with what a company wants to see on a resume or even which fields or Continue Reading >

Adult Workforce Council Panel To Tackle Veterans’ Hiring Issues Next Month

  READY TO SERVE: MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM VETERAN TO THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE HIRING RSVP Veteran Panel Meetng July 16th, 2013 2-4PM Austin Chamber of Commerce Panelists will discuss the transition from military to civilian workforce, benefits to employers hiring, how to find skilled veterans to meet employers' needs, training programs and benefits available to veterans and other frequently cited barriers to getting veterans into the workforce. CONFIRMED Continue Reading >

Organization skills crucial to business and employee success

Organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking are crucial for the small business owner or company employee balancing multiple deadlines. Knowing that it will help to be more organized and actually getting more organized are two different things, however. Here are some tips to get you motivated: You will be more efficient. How much time do you spend searching through folders or digging through piles of papers? Think of all the things you could do if these documents were in a system and you knew Continue Reading >

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 >