On June 25th, Sarah Miller with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta was joined by Debbie Hughes and Jacob Vigil with the Markle Foundation to represent the Rework America Alliance. Together, they discussed why a skills-based approach is a win-win for employers and job seekers. In the session, Hughes and Vigil discussed how this approach enables experienced-based job seekers to achieve economic mobility by attaining good, viable jobs in several industry sectors and moves the needle forward with respect to fostering greater equity and inclusivity.
Joining Miller, Hughes and Vigil were several other Alliance partners including: Joy Coates with the Markle Foundation; Traci Scott with the National Urban League; Katherine Townsend with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Oscar Gonzalez with McKinsey & Co.; Nikhil Patel with McKinsey & Co; and Stuart Andreason with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Special thanks to Dana Inman, President & CEO of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and MAX Provider Council chair for moderating the session.
In the session, Hughes and Vigil provided insights to the following key questions:
- What roles can help experience-based job seekers achieve economic mobility? Answer: There are 77 ‘Gateway’ occupations that have been proven to be springboards to economic advancement and could improve racial representation.
- What skills have been most important to enable these transitions historically? Answer: 70% of job progressions that provide transitions to Gateways and Targets hinge on transferable interpersonal skills, best learned through experience.
- What is the likely demand for these good roles in the recovery? Answer: Gateways and other good, viable, occupations will account for nearly 20% (or ~1 million) of the new jobs over the next year, though there is likely to be intense competition for these roles.
- What industries are most relevant for these roles? Answer: Occupations in Healthcare, Industrials (Manufacturing & Construction), and digital roles that cut across sectors will likely provide ~40% of good, viable jobs over the next 12 months.
Hughes and Vigil also reviewed tactical steps for taking a skills-based practices approach and reviewed tools and resources from the Rework America Alliance for moving forward.
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