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Priming Today’s Workers for Tomorrow’s Jobs

by Jessica Perez and Tess Stovall

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In the age of Netflix, no one hires a VCR repairman, and travel agents, typists, and telemarketers are quickly becoming jobs of the past. In “Priming Today’s Workers for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” we explain how small adjustments to Workforce Investment Act programs can ensure our training efforts equip workers with up-to-date skills for growing industries.

As we look to set unemployed workers on promising career paths, we must bring federal workforce training into the 21st century. Current training programs are preparing men and women for today’s jobs, but not necessarily tomorrow’s. And without changes to ensure that the programs we’re funding focus on future labor market demands, some training graduates may be left out in the cold.

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