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Volvo’s parental leave to help with recruitment

Volvo is looking far beyond the auto industry to build tomorrow’s work force.

The automaker expects to become an all-electric brand globally by 2030. That’s going to require the nearly 95-year-old company to reinvent its work force — filling its offices and plants with software developers, computer engineers and data scientists.

Volvo is thinking 10 to 20 years ahead.

“Volvo may be anticipating that, if they plan on moving into more software, technical-driven applications, they’re going to be competing against Google, Facebook, Microsoft,” Grosso said. “This move could raise their employer value proposition very significantly.”

Benefits such as parental leave

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China’s factories automate as worker shortage looms

Workers assemble vehicles primarily for the domestic market at a factory operated by Daimler-BAIC Motor’s joint venture, Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC).

Evelyn Cheng | CNBC

BEIJING — Factories in China are turning to technology to tackle a pending labor shortage.

Per official figures, the country’s working age population has shrunk by more than 5 million people in the last decade as births have dropped – despite a rollback of the controversial one-child policy.

And for the factories that have driven much of modern China’s growth, workers are already in short supply, pushing wages up. That’s forcing companies to relocate or

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Biden infrastructure plan proposes ‘Cash for Clunkers’-style rebate program. Would it work?

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal promises to give consumers point-of-sale rebates to buy American-made electric vehicles in order to help battery-powered cars become affordable for everybody.

The idea is modeled after a $392 billion plan released last year by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to provide drivers rebates to swap old gas guzzlers with zero-emission vehicles, in what would be a major expansion of the Obama administration’s $3 billion “Cash for Clunkers” program.


Obama administration’s 2009 Cash for Clunkers, which experienced mixed reviews, was designed to boost

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Federal boost helps tech race from lab to car

This story was originally published on Centered, the Energy News Network’s publication about technology’s role in fighting climate change and other daunting problems, with a focus on the Midwest.

Connected, autonomous, and electric vehicle technologies are all the rage. A lot of transportation research and development in this space is happening in the Midwest, and it’s not all at the corporate level. 

In some cases, the young minds at universities and their mentors in the lab are leading the charge. Some of the newest transportation efficiency innovations are racing directly from university to market with a boost from a

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QUT calls for industry-government alliances to make autonomous cars a reality

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have touted the use of artificial intelligence to determine the feasibility of autonomous cars on Australian roads.

The QUT Centre for Robotics has conducted research projects into mapping for autonomous cars using AI. The centre’s acting director Professor Michael Milford said map updating is a major challenge for autonomous vehicle adoption.

Milford said given mapping isn’t a globally mature field, there are opportunities for Australia to catch up quickly.

“Current out-of-the-box European mapping solutions don’t recognise unique Australian signs or infrastructure and require customisation,” he said. “Widespread autonomous vehicles use is some

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Scholarship program seeks skilled workers

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A nationwide scholarship seeks and rewards skilled workers through the Mike Rowe Works Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program.

“It really meant a lot that they actually accepted me for the scholarship and made all these recognitions for me. It really changed my life,” said Tyler Thach, recipient of a Work Ethic Scholarship in 2019.

It’s #WorkingWednesday which means we have a #BuildingYou story on KWCH 12 Eyewitness News 4-5pm today.

#kwch12 #JobOftheDay #WorkWithWu

mikeroweWORKS scholarship recipient from Wichita, Kansas talks about this opportunity for skilled workers ⬇

Posted by Lily Wu – KWCH on Wednesday,

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