Training Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Jobs

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Will Wisconsin have the workers it needs for tomorrow’s jobs? Older workers are retiring, and one of six young people today lack strong connections to school or work. By 2020, nearly two-thirds of jobs are expected to require some postsecondary education. This seminar focuses on the question policymakers face: How can Wisconsin prepare today’s youth who are unlikely to get a four-year degree for the jobs needed in tomorrow’s economy?

The Family Impact Seminars view policy issues through the lens of both research and family impact. Cutting-edge research demonstrates that effective workforce training can help youth transition into a successful work and family life, while producing the skills employers need. The presenters for this seminar review what makes youth workforce training effective, which research-based programs teach occupational and employability skills, and how cost-effective apprenticeships are for training workers in the nation’s fastest-growing occupations.

The Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars are an initiative of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor’s Office and School of Human Ecology, with financial contributions from Phyllis M. Northway.

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Trends in Labor Force Supply and Demand

by Daniel G. Sullivan
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Improving the Odds of Success: What Research Says About Youth Workforce Training

by Burt S. Barnow
Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and Economics, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University

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Apprenticeships: Helping Youth Develop the Skills Needed by Today’s Employers

by Robert I. Lerman
Emeritus Professor of Economics, American University and Institute Fellow, Urban Institute,

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