As unemployment in the U.S. slowly, but steadily, returns to pre-pandemic rates, businesses and agencies are now examining how their workforce needs have changed during the tumult of the past year. While many of the jobs that were lost will not return, a focus on reskilling workers means that we can still expect to see strong momentum for job recovery in the coming months. In fact, business and government leaders see this as an opportunity to leverage online learning to build an economy that is both stronger and more equitable.
New York State Invests in Reskilling Displaced Workers
To support its citizens and rebuild its economy, New York State has invested in reskilling programs through online learning training providers to provide 4,000 free courses to unemployed New Yorkers. This will ensure that displaced workers are not lost in the skills gap spurred by the pandemic. Read on here to learn more about reskilling and why it’s vital to success in a post-pandemic workforce.
Global Business Leaders Discuss the Importance of Extending Digital Skills Opportunities to Combat Economic Inequality
It’s estimated that the pandemic eliminated 255 million full-time jobs globally. How many of these jobs have been lost forever, and how can we ensure no one is left behind as economies reopen? Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO at Coursera, thinks one thing we can be certain of is that “there will be 150 million jobs that require digital skills.” Global business leaders discuss job recovery plans and how investing in digital learning opportunities can extend equity in both education and work. Listen here to learn more about what they had to say.
Economic Recovery Means Opportunity For All
While economic growth is already happening, job recovery will happen at an uneven pace. As global crises, like the pandemic, can worsen existing economic inequality, recovery plans need to focus on equitable opportunity and broad-based prosperity to close this gap. The World Economic Forum discusses six ways to build back bigger and broader – read more about it here.