Forecast: Indiana’s workforce will need “human skills”

first_img Forecast: Indiana’s workforce will need “human skills” Previous articleIndiana farmers will be able to grow, process hempNext articleBenton Harbor man, 24, shot and killed early Saturday morning 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ By 95.3 MNC – October 24, 2020 0 698 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Start-up team with face mask in a project meeting (Adobe Stock) (Mary Schuermann Kuhlman/Indiana News Service) – An Indianapolis-based expert said uniquely human traits and capabilities will be more important in the post-COVID work landscape.Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, is author of a new book on the future of the workforce.He said by some estimates, 40% of jobs that saw COVID-related layoffs aren’t coming back.He contends higher levels of education and the skills and attributes they help people develop, including empathy, the ability to communicate, and problem-solving, prepare workers to adapt to the changes in the workplace, now and in the future.“For workers who are looking at job loss right now, being able to get back into the learning environment, building your skillset and being able to develop those skills will better position you for this environment of change going forward,” Merisotis advised.Merisotis encouraged employers to embrace diversity and define the knowledge, skills and abilities their workers need. He added policymakers should better address racial inequity and provide incentives and funding for employers to help workers continually upgrade their skills.Jason Bearce, vice president for education and workforce development at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, said businesses emphasize workplace culture, and the human skills workers need to communicate as part of a team.“One of the best ways for individuals to develop and hone those employability skills is to learn on the job,” Bearce stated. “There are things that you can’t learn from a book, and you can’t learn in a classroom. They’re only going to learn by interacting and engaging with other professionals in a work environment.”A new survey from the chamber shows job shadowing, college internships, apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities in Indiana have increased significantly this year compared with 2019.Bearce said more than half of businesses indicate they changed recruitment practices to focus on worker skills and competency rather than strictly education level or credentials.“It’s going to be incumbent upon not just employers but individuals to think differently about how they market themselves, not in a necessarily industry-specific way,” Bearce noted. “But what are those foundational skills that cut across industries, like project management, critical thinking, effective communication.”The survey found 40% of Indiana businesses plan to increase their workforce over the next two years, down from 45% in 2019 and 56% in 2018. Twitter Facebook Google+last_img read more

Isn’t She Loverly! See Kate Middleton as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady

first_imgBritain’s future queen was once a poor flower girl. It’s true! An 11-year-old Kate Middleton took on the role of Eliza Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady at St. Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 1993, according to The Daily Mail. Of course, My Fair Lady is inspired by the play Pygmalion, which follows a Cockney girl who becomes the subject of a wager when a Professor, Henry Higgins, is determined to pass her off as a refined lady. The future fashion icon became a master of the cockney accent, winning over an audience who are clearly tickled by her butchering of proper English. (Cool sidenote: Middleton’s love interest in the school show, Freddy Eynsford-Hill, is portrayed by future Downton Abbey and West End actor Andrew Alexander!) Check out the video below to see a little Duchess of Cambridge taking on the famous elocution lesson scene and being taught how to say, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.” We love this edition of “before they were royalty” but next up we need the musical numbers please! View Commentslast_img read more

Man gets 30 years for killing WPB boy while fleeing police

first_imgTuesday, a judge sentenced Lex Eugene to the maximum of 30 years for the murder […]last_img