Workforce Development for the Future

July 11, 2016
Submitted by Michael McKelvy, Sr. Consultant, Workforce Matters

Workforce Development for the Future

As I am writing this blog and thinking about the future of workforce development, I am going through my own employment transition. I am being re assigned with my current employer and it is making me reexamine myself. I am in a position to reevaluate my skills. I find myself looking at how I can apply my skill sets to new opportunities or different career paths. That got me thinking about workforce development and how workforce development is training people for new jobs. But should it be focused on the next job and future skills or should we be innovators…instead of always playing catch-up?

The answer is yes. Workforce development should be focused on innovations and developing skill sets for jobs not even created yet. We all have strengths. The key is developing and finding new ways to apply those strengths throughout the workforce. How do we develop workers for jobs that do not exist? I think it involves collaborating with startups and companies developing new technologies and industries. As workforce professionals, we need to be part of that discussion. We need to go to those conventions, consult with those businesses, and develop those relationships so we can be proactive instead of reactive.

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