Workforce Initiatives and COVID-19: Keeping the Goals in Sight

Workforce Initiatives and COVID-19: Keeping the Goals in Sight

EdNC (press release)

May 26, 2020

The dramatic move from tight job markets to record-high unemployment shouldn’t blur the vision of North Carolina workforce leaders when it comes to credentialing and skills development strategies. Last year was a “banner year” for workforce related initiatives, with the launch of ambitious strategies such as myFutureNC and the design of innovative new tools such as NCCareers.org. The anticipated permanence of telework in the post-pandemic labor market, for example, will place an even greater premium on education and skills. “Jobs that require higher levels of education are more readily transferable to a work-from-home environment,” according to Matthew Meyer, Associate Vice President of Educational Innovations for the North Carolina Community College System. “This is true across occupations and is reflected in those that have higher concentrations of workers with more education.”

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