In this episode, Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor at Jobs for the Future’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning joins Elizabeth Crofoot, Senior Economist at the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED), to discuss the role that apprenticeships can play in addressing the dual talent and labor shortages that have emerged in the post-pandemic economic recovery. We lay out the business case for apprenticeships, provide some ground level insights on how business leaders can engage in partnerships to more effectively implement them, and touch on the role of public policy to incentivize public-private partnerships that expand work-based learning opportunities.

This conversation follows the release of a CED report, “A US Workforce Training Plan for the Postpandemic Economy,” that offers collaborative solutions to narrow the skills gap and better prepare a future ready workforce. CED’s call to action is for business leaders to strategically partner with training providers and educators to expand viable talent pools and to map training pathways to the actual skills and jobs in demand, including through apprenticeship models.
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