Recruiting the next workforce, filling the skills gap, incorporating emerging technologies to create the “workplace of tomorrow”, teaching technical and transferable soft skills… Whether it’s in a boardroom, classroom, parking lot, or on the shop floor, everyone seems to be talking about the challenges and topics surrounding workforce development!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Building the skills and competencies of American workers is essential to ensuring the competitiveness of business in the global economy. The public workforce system recognizes that training for individuals must align with the needs of business and industry. There are several ways that the public workforce system supports this need for training.”
When it comes to workforce development, everyone has a role to play. Communities across the USA are looking to unite their efforts and build their workforce pipeline with skilled, dependable team members for local companies and grow their local economy.
To build the workforce pipeline and address the skills gap, there is a need to connect local service providers and companies with schools and families, to raise awareness of local training and career opportunities! When companies and schools are able to showcase the opportunities they offer, students, job-seekers and learners are empowered to explore which of those opportunities are a good fit for them. Students and learners have to hear about the opportunities to know they exist! That’s where Edge Factor comes in.
Edge Factor’s Career Development Platform Unites Community Efforts
Using the power of cinematic storytelling, Edge Factor takes learners on a career journey from "I have no idea what I want to do with my life!" all the way to, “I have browsed the opportunities, made informed decisions, and launched a local training and career pathway.” We have criss-crossed North America to produce thousands of videos and interactive activities that highlight every industry and we deliver these multimedia tools through the Edge Factor platform.
Together with our partners, we are proud to share free access to this media (and much more!) on an all-new landing page called, America has the Edge! This is a family-friendly space, where students, parents, and job-seekers become inspired to launch their own training and career pathways. It features real life stories of people pushing back the edge of what’s possible and using their minds, hands, and technology to build the future and impact lives. With inspirational films, Career Profile videos, Virtual Workplace Experiences, and more, this landing page highlights careers, tools and equipment, soft skills, and STEAM topics that come alive in American companies. To make connections and foster relationships between local schools, families, and companies, this page also includes Profiles with information and links to American organizations and opportunities.
The new America has the Edge page provides a multimedia experience for everyone in the United States. The page features walk and talk tours at companies such as Elevation, Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa, Billings Flying Service, ABB, Lincolnton Water Treatment, Shakespeare Chateau, MUSC Health University and Reliant Credit Union. Viewers will be inspired as they watch award-winning stories filmed across the USA featuring skateboard maker, Professor Paul Schmitt in “Happy Accident”, Stewart Haas Racing in “Total Overhaul” and more.
Students can learn about the Career and Technical Programs that teach real skills for the real world. Job-seekers can peruse the landing page and explore career profile videos to discover what ‘a day in the life’ looks like in specific careers.
“This new landing page opens the door for students and learners to discover careers,” said Larissa Hofman, Vice President of Edge Factor. “And it offers a great first step for communities to learn more about how they can partner with Edge Factor, to create a highly personalized experience for learners of all ages to map their career journey and plug into local opportunities!”
Check out FREE career exploration media created across the United States of America.
Not an Edge Factor Member Yet?
If you are interested to learn how an Edge Factor premium membership can be utilized by every type of stakeholder in your community (schools, companies, families, and service providers), please email Larissa Hofman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edge Factor is offering a 10% discount when you purchase a Premium Edge Factor membership for schools. Visit our Tools & Pricing page and use the promotion code from your state to take advantage of the savings!
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