iBi - March 2011

Talent Force 21: 10 Years In Review

by Dr. John F. Gilligan

Our goal is to create a learning community in which lifelong learning is valued and prized and a natural expectation of social life. One’s learning and skills are never completed upon the receipt of a certificate or a degree, whether in the trades or professions.

Echoing a Call to Action

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

“So where the heck are all the jobs?” began a recent editorial piece in The Wall Street Journal. “Eight-hundred billion in stimulus and $2 trillion in dollar-printing and all we got were a lousy 36,000 jobs last month.”

Our Talent Challenge of the Next Decade

by Bashir Ali
Central Illinois Workforce Network

Market forces will result in an uneven distribution and possible talent mismatches for available job openings. This means there will be more workers for fewer low-skilled jobs and fewer workers for an increasing number of higher skilled jobs.

Staffing Leads the Way

Staffing is booming!” claims Cindy Neal of Express Employment Professionals, and that’s a good thing for business leaders looking for signs of economic growth. The staffing industry is traditionally a leading employment indicator—the first to feel the effects of a weak economy, but also the first to recover.

The Drivers Behind Workforce Issues

by Mary Pille
AAIM Employers' Association

There are five key areas to re-examine because of the cost-cutting measures taken during the economic downturn.

The Jobs Agenda

Doug Whitley, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

After legislators passed the largest tax increase in Illinois history, will they become champions for bringing jobs to Illinois?

New Career Paths for Bradley Students

by Kaylyn Kuzniar

Bradley University is adapting to evolving workforce trends by offering new majors, minors, concentrations, internships and certificate programs.

Bullies in the Workplace

by Dave Goranson
Goranson Consulting, Inc.

Bullying can affect productivity, morale, team dynamics, employee retention, “presenteeism” …and your bottom line.

Building a Skilled Construction Workforce

by Ginger Johnson
Tri-County Construction Labor-Management Council

TRICON is working closely with education organizations to connect what students learn in the classroom to real-world applications.

Linking Learning with Productivity

by Marvis Meyers
AAIM Employers' Association

There are many different tools and strategies you can use to increase an employee’s knowledge and skills, and in turn, impact performance.

Unemployment, Welders and Commuting

Jennifer Daly, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

In a recent discussion with local HR professionals, there were three primary workforce issues that everyone wanted to discuss.

Workforce as a Business Attraction Tool

by Cindy Patterson
EDC for Central Illinois

When it comes to business attraction tools in the Peoria Metro toolbox, our qualified workforce continues to be a critical and versatile tool.






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