This month our content series had two main focuses: veterans and apprenticeships. In honor of Veterans Day, we hosted a series of exclusive webinars centered on the topic of veteran and military hiring, and to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 11-15), we shared a number of great articles detailing the values and benefits of hosting such a program within your organization. Take a look at some of our most engaging content from this month, as well as a few bonus diversity articles that our social followers found of interest.

 

DE Talk: Veteran Underemployment with David Muir

The veteran unemployment rate is now at an all-time low, but studies reveal that nearly ⅓ of veterans are underemployed. To better understand how employers can connect with veteran job seekers, our team sat down with David Muir from Easterseals Veteran Staffing Network to discuss all-things veteran hiring.

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Apprenticeships: A Classic Remedy for the Modern Skills Gap

In 2017, a task force was assembled to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. In doing so, it found sobering truths about employment in America: a traditional, four-year college education route results in a “skills gap.”

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Official Seal for the U.S. Department of LaborU.S. Department of Labor Issues Directive Promoting Employment of Military Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a directive renewing its commitment to military spouses. The directive encourages contractors to recruit, hire, and retain the spouses of veterans and active-duty military and will require OFCCP compliance officers to inquire with federal contractors during onsite investigations about their treatment of veteran spouses.

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Can ‘Earn and Learn’ Apprenticeships Lead to ‘Family-Sustaining’ Careers?

The Trump administration says it has pumped more than $300 million into apprenticeship programs, but to what end? According to a statement released from the administration, apprenticeship programs enable Americans to simultaneously earn and learn while avoiding burdensome student loans.

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BONUS: Wellbeing by Generation: Where Some Thrive, Others Struggle

Gallup research has revealed five interconnected elements that affect everything from our job performance to our health status. But just one out of 14 people is thriving in all five elements, as wellbeing is always individual and personal, with different generations bringing differing wellbeing needs to work with them.

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BONUS: How to Identify and Mitigate Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Erik Kandel once estimated that 80% to 90% of the mind works unconsciously, meaning that the brains of even the most unbiased people still exhibit this primal tendency. So, how can one identify and mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace?

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That’s some good stuff–can’t wait to see what great content emerges on social in December. Follow along with us in real-time on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and check back later to see a recap of the latest top articles from the month!

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