Education, Skills and Employer Preferences in the Middle-Skills Marketplace

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Date:  Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time:  2-3 p.m. CT | 3-4 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

New research from the Federal Reserve banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia finds that the level of education requested to fill similar jobs across metro areas in the U.S. varies substantially. Employers’ preference for a bachelor’s degree is higher where recent college graduates are relatively more numerous, where wages are higher, and in larger metro areas and in the Northeast. The report finds this to be true overall and for four middle-skills occupations that can provide less-educated workers with a toehold in the middle class.

The status quo is counterproductive for both workers and employers. Are there ways to connect talented workers with gainful employment based on demonstrated skills and competencies rather than degrees? During this free one-hour Connecting Communities® webinar, experts will talk about recent research and current initiatives to close the skills gap. Speakers include:

  • Papia Debroy, Director of Employer Strategy and Partnerships, Opportunity@Work
  • Mels de Zeeuw, Community and Economic Development Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Andi Rugg, Executive Director, Skillful Colorado at Markle Foundation
  • Sally Smyth, Director of Community Finance and Impact, Opportunity@Work
  • Keith Wardrip, Community Development Research Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Participation in this webinar is free; however, registration is required. Sign up for this session at the Connecting Communities website.

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