Investing in the Adult Workforce, Workforce Narrative Project

An Opportunity to Improve Children's Life Chances

By University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 20, 2007

Summary

It's well documented that the more skilled and educated workers are more productive, resulting in higher earnings and greater success. It’s also well documented that higher parental success enhances child well-being. The issue is getting advanced education, skills and training to poor, under-educated adult parents. This paper compares workforce development programs and continuing education programs created to give this crowd a chance at increased economic success and advantageous child rearing.   

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Key Takeaway

Investing in Workforce Productivity can reap rewards for generations

Parents are their children’s first and best teachers. Without further investments in today’s workforce, we fail to prepare tomorrow’s workforce. An investment in low-skilled workers today to improve education, skills and incomes means their children are likely to reap the rewards in the labor market when they enter adulthood. If we fail to invest in today’s workforce, we not only forgo an opportunity to increase the productivity of current workers, but also the future productivity of their children. 

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