REPORTS: Digitalization, New Frontiers in Apprenticeships and more

New reports from Brookings, Harvard Business School and others examine the changing needs of the workforce, and how “digitalization” and apprenticeships are filling the gaps. View the following resources to learn how employers and job seekers are adapting.

Digitalization, the integration of technology into workplaces, has been reshaping the U.S. economy in recent decades. Digitalization and the American Workforce by Brookings studies the implications and offers recommendations on how to spread the benefits while mitigating potentially harmful effects.

Nearly one million Americans’ occupations will vanish by 2026, according to a report from the World Economic Forum. These displaced workers will need to retrain for new careers or risk their place in the workforce. Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All introduces an approach to identifying reskilling and job transition opportunities, including those that might not be immediately apparent.

A study reveals that only a third of college students “believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market and in the workplace.” The Strada-Gallup 2017 College Student Survey also reports that “just half believe their major will lead to a good job.” Read the Report.

Moneyball for Higher Education: How States Can Use Data and Evidence to Improve Student Outcomes by Results for America presents specific recommendations for state leaders to use data and evidence in the financing of colleges in order to improve student outcomes.

Room to Grow: Identifying New Frontiers for Apprenticeships is a report published by Harvard Business School and Burning Glass Technologies. In it, the researchers explore a basic question: What is the true scope or potential for apprenticeships in the U.S. economy?

The policy paper, Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship, examines the potential benefits for students and employers alike to utilizing apprenticeship as an educational model that integrates on-the-job and classroom learning. 

Nearly half of states since 1991 have added good jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, says research by Georgetown University. States in the West – including Texas, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and North Dakota – have experienced the fastest growth and largest percentage gains in skilled-services good jobs. The state-by-state analysis, Good Jobs That Pay without a BA, and companion project,, detail the level of economic opportunity for workers without bachelor’s degrees across the country. 

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