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. WorkRise generates evidence on and elevates our understanding of the relationship between human capital development and economic security and mobility.

Working Knowledge

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

Stakeholder voices December 30, 2020

Supporting Workers and Families through a Pandemic: A Q&A with David Zammiello

Project QUEST's executive director reflects on his organization's pivot to providing intensive coaching, mentoring, and other wraparound services entirely online.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Skills and training December 30, 2020

Evidence from Sector-Focused Training Programs Shows Significant and Persistent Earnings Gains

A new NBER working paper finds sector-focused training programs enabled participants to increase longer-term earnings through jobs with higher hourly wages.

Archana Pyati

Economic context December 14, 2020

Meet WorkRise's Inaugural Slate of Grantees

These nine projects will build new knowledge on accelerating economic mobility and advancing equity for workers in the U.S. labor market. 

Archana Pyati