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Bashay, Molly – National Skills Coalition, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was apparent that American jobs are undergoing massive technological transformation. In-demand careers increasingly require digital literacy skills, and for many industries digital skills are entry-level competencies for new hires and incumbent workers. Since the pandemic, digital demands in the U.S. workplace…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Job Skills, Problem Solving, Skill Development
Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a stark spotlight on need for digital skills among a wide swath of the American workforce. But even before the pandemic, the US labor market reflected a growing demand for workers across industries to have strong digital skills. This report uses data from a rigorously designed international assessment to analyze…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Skill Development, Job Skills, Labor Market
Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted and accelerated two trends that were already occurring in the American workplace: First, the demand for new skills and competencies, including digital skills, from workers at every level. Second, the growing importance of investing in upskilling strategies that can help two groups of workers: Those who are…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Job Skills, Skill Development, On the Job Training
Johnson, Melissa; Bashay, Molly; Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The ethnic and racial diversity of the residents of the United States of America is one of our country's unique strengths. However, Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native, and certain Asian American workers face wide racial inequities in educational attainment, employment, and income. Immigrants and English learners, the majority of whom are…
Descriptors: Ethnic Diversity, Minority Groups, Racial Bias, Equal Education
National Skills Coalition, 2020
American jobs are undergoing massive technological transformation, with even entry-level workers now expected to use all manner of digital devices and equipment. To succeed in this rapidly transforming environment, workers need broad-based digital problem-solving skills that equip them to learn a wide variety of today's technologies and navigate…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Technological Literacy, Work Environment, Problem Solving
Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has vividly illustrated the centrality of frontline workers to the everyday functioning of the American economy and daily life. But while some articles have mentioned the high proportion of immigrant workers in these roles, there has been much less attention paid to the high number of English learners in particular. The…
Descriptors: Pandemics, English Language Learners, Immigrants, English (Second Language)
Wilson, Bryan – National Skills Coalition, 2020
There is growing interest in providing students and others with information about the performance of postsecondary education and training programs. Currently, if one wants to know how many students get jobs and what those jobs pay, one cannot find comparable information for programs across the nation. Consumer reports, which display information…
Descriptors: Performance, Information Dissemination, Access to Information, Electronic Publishing
National Skills Coalition, 2020
American jobs are undergoing massive technological transformation, with even entry-level workers now expected to use all manner of digital devices and equipment. Nowhere is this more true than in the manufacturing sector, which directly employs more than one in ten U.S. workers and indirectly supports millions more. To succeed in this rapidly…
Descriptors: Manufacturing Industry, Workplace Literacy, Technological Literacy, Job Skills
National Skills Coalition, 2020
Over half of jobs in the U.S. require training beyond high school but not a four-year degree. These skilled jobs are the backbone of America's economy, and filling them is critical to America's success in the 21st century. Every day, in communities coast to coast, working people, students, and families are looking for opportunities to get ahead.…
Descriptors: Job Skills, 21st Century Skills, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education
Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
When it comes to digital literacy, how do we know what kind of skills America's workers need for the workplace, how they can best acquire them, and what competencies or credentials can help them signal their preparedness to employers? Over the past four months, National Skills Coalition staff interviewed business, education, and workforce leaders…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development
Spiker, Katie – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The recent health crisis -- and unprecedented, rapid job loss associated with it -- has illuminated how unprepared the United States is for helping workers who lose their jobs reskill to prepare for and successfully enter new employment. Policy responses to the current crisis -- while critical -- have fallen far short of addressing challenges…
Descriptors: Unemployment, COVID-19, Pandemics, Employment
Johnson, Melissa; Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated with vivid clarity how important it is for people to have digital literacy skills. From the workplace to the classroom and beyond, being able to use digital tools effectively is fundamental to success. To succeed in this rapidly changing environment, workers need broad-based digital problem-solving skills that…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Technological Literacy, Problem Solving
DeRenzis, Brooke; Bergson-Shilcock, Amanda; Heckstall, India – National Skills Coalition, 2020
Digital inclusion is key to a better and fairer economic future where every Californian can thrive. But social and physical distancing requirements necessitated by the pandemic have shined a spotlight on the dramatic digital divide facing California's workers, as well as the inequities of that divide. It's time for policies to change so that every…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Disadvantaged, State Policy, Technological Literacy
Brown, Katie; Spiker, Katie – National Skills Coalition, 2020
The pandemic has caused a major economic shift for businesses and workers. Countless companies have had to quickly upskill their workers, equipping them with the skills they need to pivot to digital or remote services. As a result, the importance of efficiently and effectively training and onboarding workers with the right skills for the job has…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Skill Development, Job Training, Public Policy
National Skills Coalition, 2020
America faces the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression, and National Skills Coalition (NSC) stands with the working people and local businesses who have been most impacted by the pandemic's economic fallout. Equitable opportunities for working people and local businesses to participate in and benefit from a rebound and…
Descriptors: Economic Change, Economic Climate, Job Skills, Job Training
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