Building Pathways to Learning and Employment
Strengthening the links between education and employment is critical to creating a sustainable workforce and fueling business and economic growth. By 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education, yet the majority of working adults today do not possess an industry- recognized credential or post-secondary degree. The Workforce Development Working Group will explore “learn and earn” strategies, as well as emerging approaches to learning and skill recognition— including digital badges, open-source learning, and prior learning assessments.
Industry Credentials Industry actors can use credentials to benefit their bottom line, create sustainable pipelines, and address workforce needs.
21st Century Credentials 21st Century technologies—such as open-source learning and distance learning—can train adult workers, while simultaneously helping them overcome barriers that can impede their participation in workforce development programs.
Alternative Credentialing Systems Training programs can help employers recognize skills adult workers bring to new employment opportunities by using prior learning assessments and digital badges.
Working toward Credentials Providing opportunities to earn while working and learning will help adults stay on a pathway towards a credential.
Distilling Data Using better labor market information will help us identify which educational and employment pathways to offer.
On Ramps to Credentials Providing accelerated G.E.D., college access, workforce readiness, and digital literacy programs will prepare adult learners who aren’t ready for higher education or workforce training programs.
Customized Training Working with businesses to invest in on-the-job training and customized training can lead to local economic development.