What does workforce development look like in a recession? - Technical.ly

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Nov. 6, 2020 1:11 pm

What does workforce development look like in a recession?

For Workforce Development Month, Technical.ly reporters will dive deeper into IT training programs, upskilling, tech apprenticeships, pipeline diversity efforts and the like.
A Byte Back IT training class.

A Byte Back IT training class.

(Photo by Peter Hershey for Byte Back)

The U.S. is still in the midst of a pandemic-prompted recession, with October’s national unemployment rate at 6.9%. And many of those newly unemployed won’t see their jobs return.

It’s something we at Technical.ly will be thinking about a lot this November, as we dedicate extra reporting to workforce development efforts in each of our markets, including IT training programs, upskilling, tech apprenticeships, pipeline diversity efforts and the like.

For Workforce Development Month, we’ll be exploring: What skills are most needed for technical jobs in 2020 and beyond? How are local training programs shifting to meet post-COVID workforce needs? How are policymakers and institutions contributing?

There’s also the consideration of jobs and automation: Robotics experts tout STEM education as a path to advanced careers, and the benefits robots can bring to humans in the form of automating mundane tasks (especially those that are “dull, dirty and dangerous”). Amid COVID-19, it’s also true that more service and other low-paying jobs are becoming automated and therefore more vulnerable in the long term. Where do Philly, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware fit into the response?

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Are you a policy expert we should talk to, or do you know of one? Is there a report we need to read to better explain this topic? Want to write a first-person guest post about your experience training for a new tech career, or helping others do so? Want to share some workforce development resources? Let us know:

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