Overview

Human capital development—or people’s ability to acquire skills and knowledge through education and training—advances workers’ economic opportunity and strengthens employers and the economy. Yet the complex landscape of skills and training is fragmented across institutions of higher education, public and private providers, and other credentialing programs. More importantly, human capital development alone does not lead to greater economic mobility, as many workers continue to face barriers to reaching their full potential in the labor market.

Working Knowledge

Skills and training September 02, 2021

Building Evidence on Occupational Identity Could Lead to New Approaches for Improving Labor Market Outcomes for Young People

Understanding how young adults form and mediate occupational identity could inform strategies to improve labor market outcomes.

Maalik Nickerson

Demographic disparities May 24, 2021

Closing Digital Skill Gaps Created by Structural Inequities Could Enhance Young Workers’ Economic Resilience

Today’s labor market increasingly requires digital skills to search, apply for, and succeed in higher-wage jobs that are also associated with high…

Amanda Briggs, Ian Hecker

Skills and training March 18, 2021

Four Reasons Why Public Sector Apprenticeships Can Help Catalyze an Economic Recovery

Public sector apprenticeships could help rebuild the public sector workforce and create pathways for young people entering the job market.

Diana Elliott, Andrew Campbell, John Marotta

Stakeholder voices February 08, 2021

Bridging Workforce and Economic Development: A Q&A with Nicole Sherard-Freeman

WorkRise Leadership Board Member Nicole Sherard-Freeman shares insights on how Detroit is attracting companies, creating good jobs, and building a strong talent pipeline.

Elisabeth Jacobs