Request for Proposals - Horizons 2018: A Vision for Economic Advancement, Jobs for the Future
Submitted by Michael Cruse on December 1, 2017 - 12:25pm
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Horizons 2018: A Vision for Economic Advancement, Jobs for the Future’s biannual national summit, will explore one of the most pressing issues facing our nation: How will we transform education and talent development systems in the face of accelerating change to ensure economic advancement for all?
Workers must anticipate change, be ready to gain knowledge and skills, and adapt to new work arrangements.
Employers must think differently about their talent needs and how to meet them.
Educators must prepare students with the skills and competencies needed to excel in jobs that have not yet been created.
The Equity Imperative: Equity must remain at the heart of practice and policy as the future of work unfolds, so people of all backgrounds can contribute to and benefit from our country’s economic vitality. Sessions will examine persistent disparities in outcomes for groups that our education and workforce systems are currently leaving behind. Presenters will elevate strategies that provide more equitable opportunities for workers to gain the skills, credentials, and experiences to meet employer needs and their potential .
Skills for the Future: In order to gain a foothold and succeed in the workplaces of the future, individuals need not only specialized skills, but also a broad set of non-technical, employability skills to support their continued growth. Sessions will explore innovative approaches to build and assess these skills, including competency-based education to accelerate learning, and strategies for creating stronger, more agile feedback loops between employers and educators about skill needs. Presenters will highlight promising solutions for ensuring that youth and adults complete high school and postsecondary programs of high value to regional economies.
Solutions at Work: If traditional systems are struggling to stay relevant in the fast-changing global economy, what new models, tools, and technologies will ensure workers have what it takes to remain employable no matter what the future brings? Presenters will showcase proven innovations and breakthrough ideas that foster more powerful practice, successful programs, and improved systems.