The growing skills gap presents serious problems across America. Workers are increasingly short on the skills they need to become professional, capable employees. Without these skills, a bright future of growth will remain out of reach to these people, with knock on effects for the entire US economy and society. These workers don’t require theoretical knowledge, they need practical, demonstrable abilities. This requires job skills training with certification.
Alison partners with workforce development organizations to help workers upskill quickly and effectively. These organizations can work with Alison to encourage their workers to take part in flexible, self-paced job skills training through Alison courses which focus directly on practical job skills. Workers can take these courses anytime, from anywhere, for free. When they complete these courses, they will have new skills and a certification that will boost their sense of confidence, security, and employability.
To help facilitate this, Alison provides discounts to workforce organizations when they make bulk purchases of Alison certifications. These certifications can then be passed on to the worker at no charge to them once they complete a course. The worker therefore receives skills, an accomplishment to be proud of, and a certification for their réumé, all for free and on a schedule that suits them.
For details of how you can avail of these discounts and set up a partnership with Alison, contact Bill Herrmann at [email protected]. Bill has been involved with workforce development and training for over 18 years and is the U.S.A. Workforce Specialist for the Alison organization. His job is simple- to inform workforce development organizations and professionals of how they can utilize Alison’s discounts and free online learning courses to assist their customers. This translates into real value by providing learning opportunities that help workers upskill or meet training requirements for programs like SNAP and TANF. To find out about Bill's upcoming events and webinars, click here.
Alison’s partnerships with workforce development organizations have a track record of boosting these organizations’ impact in their communities. Sandra Wright - CareerSource Administrator at West Palm Beach, Florida - integrated Alison into the workforce system she works with.
“This was easy, and quickly empowered job seekers with confidence, guidance, and flexibility, while eliminating the time professionals had to spend monitoring job seekers’ activities. And it worked. Within two years she saw a 500% increase in completion rates.”
Alison provided Sandra’s job seekers with free and accessible learning. This free access to new skills and job opportunities through personalised courses significantly built job seekers’ security, mobility, and morale. This motivated them to learn continuously. Moreover, Alison allowed these job seekers to study for free wherever and whenever suited them, and provided guidance in the form of a structured Career Guide. This broke down barriers and offered job seekers a sense of empowerment. On top of this, Alison provided Sandra with a User Statistics feature that it offers to workforce development professionals worldwide. With this feature, professionals can immediately see how much time a job seeker has spent training on Alison. Monitoring and verifying time: eliminated. Both professionals and job seekers can then spend their time on more important job skills training activities.
Sandra’s area, the single-parent participation rates in job skills training immediately increased by over 10%. For a single alteration to the program, that is a significant immediate return. But that is just an increase in participation rates, did any of these people actually stick with the program? As you can see in the graph here, the answer is a solid yes. Within two years Sandra saw completion rates increase by 500%. What’s more, in 2016 CareerSource added a T-Shirt incentive to their program, whereby graduates received a free Alison Graduate T-Shirt. Completion rates nearly doubled in a year, on top of the initial 500% rise.
The numbers here really speak for themselves. Implementing Alison gets more job seekers into job skills training programs, and way more job seekers completing them. This is because Alison’s learning structure is geared towards enhancing confidence, empowering individuals, and making learning a habit. It is designed to create a routine, increase study hours, and set the right conditions for continuous lifelong learning. This really makes an impact on how job seekers approach job skills training programs, as you can see in these numbers.