Dig­i­tal Skills and Train­ing

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One hundred years ago, we in­vented the high school, but to­day we haven’t re­ally in­vented the paths to be part of this dig­i­tal econ­omy. To­day, the dig­i­tal econ­omy is trans­form­ing the coun­try, and we need to cre­ate the in­sti­tu­tions for peo­ple to be able to make that tran­si­tion.

Skil­ful is an ef­fort to cre­ate a labour mar­ket that works for the 70% of Amer­i­cans who don’t have a col­lege di­ploma. Our labour mar­ket now is go­ing in the di­rec­tion of re­quir­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, a four-year de­gree, for most growth jobs. And we know that that isn’t the sin­gu­lar path for peo­ple to get into those jobs. So we’re work­ing with em­ploy­ers to use data on what skills are needed in jobs and make job seek­ers to un­der­stand that. We’re work­ing with coaches… we’re work­ing with ed­u­ca­tors to un­der­stand bet­ter how what they’re teach­ing can be con­nected with the skills that peo­ple need for work.… It’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on job-train­ing fund­ing and make sure that they can be used for a va­ri­ety of train­ing op­tions. But to also have data be­hind that that helps the states un­der­stand where the growth jobs are, what the skills are, where to make the in­vest­ments.

So, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can di­rect the dol­lars it spends, and we need much more skills-train­ing fund­ing, but it can, at the same time, make the dol­lars spent much more wisely by en­hanc­ing the data that’s avail­able.

From “The Evo­lu­tion of Em­ploy­ment and Skills in the Age of AI”

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