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

Job search and matching December 07, 2020

Pathways to Work Clearinghouse Curates Evidence on Services Supporting Job-Seekers with Low Incomes

This tool helps policymakers search for evidence on the effects of combinations of services or interventions that assist job-seekers.

Daniel Kuehn

Stakeholder voices November 06, 2020

A Q&A with Blair Milo

Indiana’s Secretary of Career Connections and Talent discusses her role connecting residents to job opportunities, food and rental assistance, and other resources during the current economic crisis.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Skills and training October 29, 2020

Skills and Training Are Important—But They Alone Won’t Accelerate Upward Mobility for Workers

The problem isn’t a skills shortage, but a lack of clear pathways into good jobs that offer economic security and opportunities for advancement.

Sheryl Pardo

Demographic disparities September 30, 2020

A Q&A with Amanda Cage

“We need to operate from the premise that is it not okay to have bad jobs,” says the president and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Elisabeth Jacobs