As discussed in a recent report by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)’s Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP), workforce trends in automation and digitalization were well under way before the covid-19 pandemic and have accelerated quickly in its wake. As the report notes, productivity improvements are affecting the types of jobs available, and the skills needed for them, with a speed not imagined in early 2020.
Says the EDRP: The good news for workers is that these changes also present opportunities. As employment in highly automatable jobs declines, other occupations are growing, creating better-paying jobs that require higher levels of digital, communication and critical thinking skills. Yet there is a gap to bridge between the ongoing displacement of highly automatable jobs – disproportionately held by Black and Latinx workers – and the higher-skill jobs of the future. For workforce developers, the opportunity is to help those who are being displaced by increased automation and digitalization in the workforce, or who are unprepared for it, to transition to better-paying jobs with career paths.
Louise Anderson, Director of the Economic Development Research Partners with IEDC, will join MAX to review the findings of their months-long research into the future of work and inclusion.
Join MAX on Friday, October 29th, 9:00 AM, for a timely and virtual conversation.
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Launched in 2014, the mission of MAX is to advance economic competitiveness in the Atlanta region by strengthening connections, collaborations, and practices among workforce developers and organizations engaged in workforce development.
Through our webinar series, MAX Minutes, MAX seeks to bring timely insights to providers, intermediaries, and other partners in workforce. MAX Minutes features talks by key experts in the Atlanta region and beyond on important workforce matters.