Unemployed Workers in Las Vegas May Need to Consider Career Changes and Retraining to Get Back to Wo



Unemployed Workers in Las Vegas May Need to Consider Career Changes and Retraining to Get Back to Work


Need for Short-Term Career Training Continues to Grow


McKinsey Global Institute reports a definitive need for significantly more short-term training and credentialing programs


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LAS VEGAS (March 9, 2021) – As economists continue to warn that the millions of jobs that have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to come back, unemployed workers are increasingly considering changing fields and pursuing career training education programs. This is particularly true in Las Vegas as the leisure and hospitality sector was the hardest hit by COVID-19.

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that about half of U.S. adults who are currently unemployed, furloughed or temporarily laid off, and are looking for a job are pessimistic about their prospects for future employment, and most say they’ve seriously considered changing fields or occupations since they’ve been unemployed. An additional report recently released by the McKinsey Global Institute says that 20 percent of business travel will not come back and about 20 percent of workers could end up working from home indefinitely. These shifts mean fewer jobs at hotels, restaurants, and retail shops – all previous mainstays of the Las Vegas economy. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, there is going to be a definitive need for significantly more short-term training and credentialing programs.

In October, United Education Institute (UEI) opened a new campus in Las Vegas at the Boulevard Mall. UEI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and offers a range of vocational and trade programs that help students begin a new career in as little as 10 months. UEI Las Vegas launched with key programs including Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Insurance Coding, Dental Assistant, Automotive Technician, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician.

Retrofitting the big-box retail space that was formerly Sears, the new UEI campus is approximately 35,000 square-feet and includes classrooms, training labs, computer labs, and a student resource center. UEI is student-centric and works to make students feel like a part of a team with a common goal. Students also receive one-on-one training and attention. In as few as 10 months, students can learn the skills needed to start a career. UEI offers hands-on training from instructors who have a wealth of experience in the industries they teach. Some programs include an externship with local employers, and UEI offers career services and job placement resources. Without question, it is critical that Las Vegans have access to short-term, affordable career training programs as it is vital for displaced workers to learn a new skill or trade that will allow them to pursue a stable career. Recent research shows that a third of people who lost their jobs in the pandemic say they will need more education to get new ones. The pandemic has substantially increased interest in career training programs, demonstrated in another national poll that shows a quarter of American adults say they plan to enroll in an education or training program within the next six months.

“Unemployed Las Vegans are not only feeling the economic stress of job loss but also the emotional strain,” said IEC Vice President of Leadership and Campus President at UEI Las Vegas. “I want to reassure those who may be experiencing job loss that despite the challenging pandemic and the resulting economic conditions, there is access to a variety of career training opportunities. We look forward to continuing to welcome new students.”

About United Education Institute Founded in 1982, United Education Institute (UEI) is an employee-owned institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). UEI provides students with post-secondary career education programs in high-demand sectors such as healthcare, skilled trades, business, and criminal justice. Each of the hands-on training programs offered are designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and training they need to be successful in their futures. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of students and focus on smaller classes to ensure each student can learn and get the attention they need. Students can train for entry-level careers and start building their future in as few as 10 months at campus locations throughout Arizona, California, Georgia, and Nevada starting this fall. For more information visit www.uei.edu.