Transformation: To prepare the workforce and support current workers amid increasing disruptions, state leaders must evaluate and restructure statewide education and training systems, resources and infrastructure to better serve workers today and in the future. This restructuring includes focusing state agencies on shared goals; investing in data governance; and developing portable, stackable credentials to ease individuals’ transition from education to industry. The result is a statewide ecosystem of programs that promote lifelong learning and a truly future-ready workforce.
Pathway: Create a statewide data infrastructure that unites existing, fragmented systems and improves tracking outcomes to inform data-driven decision making. As tools for predictive analytics and data parsing improve, states must learn from and share with stakeholders the underlying data definitions and quality measures. Governors should promote the use of high-quality, accessible data to inform state decision making, help employers invest in training, help educators adapt to a changing economic climate and help workers identify job opportunities. Many states have already taken significant action, particularly through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative program, but the continued integration and accessibility of high-quality data remain a political imperative.