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The media loves to talk about how big name companies like Target, Chipotle and Starbucks offer education benefits to their employees. In May, Walmart announced a $1 a day college tuition plan that set off a wave of media speculation. An astute observer will realize that these businesses have a bigger motivation than just looking good in the press.
There's more to Kansas City than its out-of-this-world BBQ, no matter how much you might be made to believe otherwise. If you absolutely must indulge while you're visiting, Jack Stack, Joe's or Q39 are the places to go. But the mouth-watering hometown delicacy is not the reason I traveled to Kansas City in the first place.
In almost every industry, for almost every business, finding qualified middle-skills candidates to fill open jobs is difficult. The low unemployment rate isn't helping. Jobs are harder to fill and keeping existing employees is more important than ever. Meanwhile, rapid changes in technology and the development of new ways of doing business, mean that even existing employees may not have the right skill sets.
The quality of your staff goes a long way toward determining the quality of your veterinary practice. A great veterinary health care team can make your veterinary practice a success. Building such a team takes smart hiring practices and a desire to see every employee thrive.
Finding great retail employees isn't easy. So when you have an employee who's dedicated, hardworking, and customer service oriented, you want to keep them as long as possible. Retaining employees for the long term is possible if you give them clear career pathways.  
Across the skilled trades, a growing skills gap is leaving employers struggling to fill open positions " especially those that require college-level training. In an effort to address this, many employers are sponsoring education opportunities to upskill the workers they do have with the skills needed to enter new positions.
Employers in the United States have a problem. The skills gap, the space between what job seekers know and what employers need them to know, is widening, especially for middle-skills workers. Educational institutions offer degrees, but no guarantee that those credentials will lead to actual jobs for their graduates. Staffing agencies and workforce boards are operating in their individual silos, often relying on outdated philosophies.
Many businesses are turning to apprenticeship programs to help them train qualified employees. In a tight labor market, where many employers are struggling to find employees who have the right skills, apprenticeship programs just make good business sense. That may be why the number of active apprentices has grown 42% since 2013.
The growing skills gap has been felt across industries, leaving countless job opportunities open because of a lack of skilled talent. One proven practice for upskilling learners to fill those in-demand roles, especially those in the skilled trades, has been apprenticeship programs.
The best veterinary practices are built on strong veterinary health care teams. To build an exceptional team, you start with a college-educated, credentialed veterinary technician or a driven and enthusiastic person who is willing to pursue education and credentialing. Without a credentialed veterinary technician, veterinary practices are unlikely to achieve their full potential. Veterinary technicians elevate the standard of patient care, build client satisfaction, and improve their bottom line.

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