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Thursday October 26, 2017
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are advancing more rapidly than ever before. An AI system recently defeated the world’s best player of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game significantly more complex than chess. Driverless cars have logged thousands of hours on public roads. AI means that productivity can continue to increase regardless of levels of employment. If AI disrupts the workforce the way it is projected to, the hardest hit will be low-income communities, which could be at great risk for falling further behind than they already are. What do we think makes these...
Tags: Future of Work, Economic Mobility
Tuesday October 17, 2017
By Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future and Radha Biswas, International Workforce Development The fate of the Dreamers remains up for grabs, as Congress and the White House spar over competing policy priorities that could determine the future of this vulnerable group, as well as the broader population of immigrants and refugees. While lawmakers consider what comes next, it is imperative that they find a solution that improves upon, rather than erodes, the already-shaky protections that existed under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Only a permanent, trusted form of relief for...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Monday October 2, 2017
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This blog was originally featured in IndustryWeek as part of Manufacturing Day.  The fact that U.S. manufacturers are continuing to produce while employing fewer people shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the impact this trend is having on the skills needed to make it in the new manufacturing workforce just might. Decades of downsizing has helped businesses hone in on a root cause of the on-going talent search issue: That the worker shortage alone is not the problem. The challenge is locating recruits that have advanced skills required for contemporary manufacturing. Contemporary manufacturing...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing