Jobs heading off-shore. Robots replacing humans. The very nature of work is evolving with new stress points and opportunities changing the employment terrain domestically and globally. Firms and incumbent employees need a better tool kit in order to perform as nimbly as today's economy requires.
In a digital world, the creation of unprecedented tiers of employment and opportunities demands a more nimble, adaptable workforce. Today's skills-to-jobs needs are vastly more diverse and constantly changing than their predecessors. Fortunately, there is a massive public R&D effort underway. The White House and corporate America - not to mention academics and small employers - are proposing innovative training ideas, particularly in the middle skills arena, including a fresh emphasis on apprenticeships. What are these trial efforts demonstrating? Which workers - and industries - are seeing the most progress? Is the so-called skills gap narrowing? And are American workers better positioned to compete against challenges overseas and from automation?
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