The Working Poor Families Project

Strengthening Workplace Education Program Policies to Enable Low-Wage Workers' Advancement

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

October 1, 2011

Summary

Workplace education is a promising approach to helping low-skilled workers obtain additional skills and education that lead to higher paying jobs and greater family income. Unfortunately, it receives insufficient attention. In the wake of the Great Recession, many employers remain in need of skilled workers to be competitive. Lower-wage workers could fill many of these jobs if they could access training that facilitates advancement. 

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Key Takeaway

when it comes to skilled workers, the supply no longer meets the demand

Research shows that from 1915 to 1980, the supply and demand for skilled workers was in alignment. However, since 1990 the demand for skilled workers has outstripped the supply, contributing to both growth in income inequality and reduction in workplace productivity. 

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