Digital Skills and Training
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”