The New Possible: Innovative Workforce Development and Skills Maps for Tompkins County
Greer, Ian; Weaver, Russell; Belot, Michèle; Lewis, Eric; Jautz, Alec; Kalmyka, Yana; Rosin, Mitch; Wang, Linda; Branosky, Natalie
This report examines the pandemic’s effects on the labor market, including the changing skills needs of employers, the availability of workers with those skills, and how existing skills can be adapted and “outskilled” to meet new needs. It makes recommendations for training and education agencies in this changed social and economic landscape. It provides skills maps that to guide job seekers, employers and training providers toward a share pledge based on the most current labor market information about high-demand occupations in post-pandemic Tompkins County. In this time of economic recovery, long-held assumptions need to be questioned and modified, and risky innovations will be necessary. Stakeholders cannot simply hope the economy will quickly recover and return to normal; a data-informed strategy is needed if success is to be achieved.
labor market; pandemic; Tompkins County; economic recovery
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