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Building Workforce Resilience Through Skills Development

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May 28, 2013

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Building Workforce Resilience Through Skills Development

The U.S. workforce is in need of economic security and increased resilience, according to a report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. The Cornerstones of Economic Security for Resilient Workers: A Policy Framework for Shared Action charts the trends in the global economy that are undermining the economic security of workers, including rising demand for advanced skills and the prevalence of lower paid, lower wage and temporary work.

The authors emphasize that developing the resilience of the American workforce will require individual responsibility on the part of the worker as well as federal and state policies and innovative collaborations between local governments, nonprofits and business. Among the recommendations are improving opportunities for undereducated working and unemployed adults, including some combination of remedial education, technical training, postsecondary education and on-the-job learning through government-business-education-community collaboration. The publication also presents apprenticeship as part of the solution to the skills gap challenge, as well as sector strategies such as those developed in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington.

State initiatives are presented as potential models, including:

The report also highlights employer-education initiatives:

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