As the US economy reopens, many Americans are reassessing their priorities and relationships to work. Workers are realizing their potential and seeking better wages and opportunities, particularly those who held low-wage jobs before the pandemic. Many workers, however, may not have resources to pursue additional education and training on their own. At the same time, some employers are shifting to inclusive hiring practices that focus on jobseekers’ skills and competencies rather than degrees and credentials, which can screen out qualified candidates.
Join WorkRise and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to explore evidence-based tools and resources designed to create pathways for economic mobility and opportunity for workers historically excluded from good jobs. Researchers and practitioners from WorkRise’s partner institutions will consider how these tools and resources support workers’ efforts to leverage their existing skills and past work experience to signal their value in the labor market and employers’ growing interest in skills-based hiring. We will highlight insights that enable workforce intermediaries and decisionmakers to facilitate occupational transitions and stronger matches between local talent and demand. We will also identify gaps in knowledge about effective interventions for promoting mobility in the labor market.