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Monday April 24, 2017
One trend to watch closely as we explore the future of work is the changing nature of the employer/employee relationship—particularly the fact that, legally, fewer people in the workforce can even be called “employees.” Independent contractors—or “1099” workers, named by the IRS form they file to report their income—make up a growing proportion of workers compared to prior years, with freelance accounting for nearly a third of all jobs added from 2010 to 2014. Hiring contract workers instead of employees has obvious benefits for businesses but also has drawbacks, which may disproportionately...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs
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
Tuesday October 25, 2016
Wonderful company event
Education, workforce, business, and philanthropic leaders gather at the Career Pathways Lab co-hosted by Jobs for the Future, Linked Learning Alliance, and The Wonderful Company in Beverly Hills, California.* This month, Jobs for the Future (JFF) organized two gatherings with prominent employer and educator leaders. The global software company SAP and JFF convened the SAP Ideas Forum on October 6th in Boston, Massachusetts. The event featured postsecondary, business, and government partners from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, City of Boston, Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Monday July 18, 2016
(And Why Experts Are Serious When They Say That) By Mary V.L. Wright, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future, and Kristin Wolff, Thinkers+Doers, Associate (Adjunct), Social Policy Research Associates When reviewing the news and reports related to preparing students for their place in America’s workforce, you can be sure there will be a crisis-laden reference to the “skills gap” and the urgent call for educators to close it. Sometimes this gap refers to an absence of technical skills employers want in new entrants, or sometimes to workers’ lack of knowledge important to their industry. But,...
Tags: Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Thursday July 7, 2016
By guest
By Aric Thomas. Originally posted on High School Leadership. Are we pushing students to graduation without the skills needed to allow for positive economic mobility? Is the work being done by companies, community colleges, non-profit agencies, and high schools leading to more people earning credentials and training to allow for their earnings to be positively impacted? Community colleges across the country are designing and supporting students in programs to prepare for jobs and careers with competitive wages. Non-profit agencies, like Goodwill Columbus, support economic mobility by...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Career Pathways, Workforce Partnership, Summit, Economic Mobility