Online Learning Update

January 8, 2001

Preparing U.S. workers for the post-COVID economy: Higher education, workforce training and labor unions

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

Kristen E. Broady, Moriah Macklin, and Jimmy O’Donnell, Brookings Institution

We propose three avenues to make progress along these lines. First, doing more to support the higher education sector in skills training. Second, focusing federal worker training programs on particular occupations and skills. And third, doing much more to support private-sector unions. On all three fronts, enormous challenges were evident even prior to the pandemic. For example, for decades the higher education sector has faced significant declines in enrollment in the face of demographic changes and cuts in funding that could help to support necessary innovations. In addition, employer-paid and government-funded worker training have been on the decline for years. Finally, private-sector union membership has been declining for decades, meaning decreased support for on-the-job training and worker protections.

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