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Thursday April 6, 2017
This is the second post of the Future of Work blog series.  Automation—the replacement of human labor with robotics or artificial intelligence—is poised to radically reshape our economy. This process is highly disruptive. Many jobs, even whole industries, may look completely different in the near future. For workers with the resources and information needed to keep up, automation can open up new jobs and increased economic opportunities. But for low-income workers, weathering the storm is going to be much harder. This is in no small part because the systems they rely on for retraining in the...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Equity, Future of Work, Labor Market Information
Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans Although we don’t know the full details of the President’s proposed budget, beyond that provided in the recently revealed “skinny budget,” we at Jobs for the Future (JFF) are very concerned that dramatic cuts to critical programs such as workforce development and student aid and supports—that are designed to prepare America’s current and future workforce—are counterproductive, particularly at a time when the skills of American workers are essential to U.S. and individual economic prosperity. While we are...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Tuesday March 14, 2017
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Meeting the demand for a competitive 21st century manufacturing workforce will require training models that work. Apprenticeships are a powerful solution that equip workers with the technical skills needed to drive the country’s manufacturing industry to grow and succeed in the global economy.  For the past five years, manufacturers, union leaders, and workforce intermediaries in the Midwest piloted the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship model. One hundred thirty apprentices have been employed at 15 manufacturing firms across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania since...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Workforce Partnership
Monday March 6, 2017
As I enter my third month as JFF’s President and CEO, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that in order to advance JFF’s mission of helping all young people and adults attain quality credentials and employment, we must think about our strategies and solutions within the context that the rapid changes and economic trends—such as the growth in automation technologies and contract-based work arrangements—are bringing to the workplace and to the very future of work in our society. Almost 35 years ago, Hilary Pennington and Arthur White founded JFF to help: states bridge their workforce skill...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday February 27, 2017
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Our nation faces some daunting economic and workforce challenges, including a growing gap between the skills employers need versus those workers can offer. But there’s an upside to current conditions—an incredible opportunity to increase the diversity of our country’s talent pipeline and improve career prospects for underserved, high-need youth. The Catalyzing CTE though Pay for Success Competition, recently launched by Jobs for the Future and Social Finance, Inc., seeks to do just that. Pay for Success is an innovative public-private funding model that drives government resources toward...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth