The majority of jobs in the future are expected to require post-secondary educational attainment and credentials that recognize specialized training and skills. Yet today only 40 percent of the US labor force possess degrees beyond a high school diploma. After several years of strong job growth many employers are struggling to find workers with the required skills while workers struggle to find meaningful employment. How should post-secondary education itself be re-envisioned to adapt to an increasingly diverse population and meet future labor force demands? Does the United States need to rethink immigration policy and business practices, and is there an appetite for such change?
The Council’s latest report, Ready to Work: Understanding Immigrant Skills in the US to Build a Competitive Labor Force, will also be discussed at the program. Generous support for this event is provided by the Lumina Foundation.
Background reading and multimedia:
- Amid Worker Shortage, Where Will Foxconn Find 13,000 Employees?
Matthew DeFour, Wisconsin State Journal, September 10, 2017
- Powerful New Technology Isn't Just Displacing Workers. It's Uncovering Learning Pathways to Employment in New Fields
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation, December 7, 2017
- Why is the US So Bad at Worker Retraining?
Lolade Fadalu, The Atlantic, January 4, 2018
- From Offices to Disney World, Employers Brace for the Loss of an Immigrant Work Force
Vivian Yee, Liz Robbins, and Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times, January 9, 2018