Workforce equipped with 21st century skills

This solution addresses gaps in job skills in New York City, USA for local communities

Problem Description

All able New Yorkers should have the opportunity to participate in the workforce, with access to stable, high-quality employment. During the recession, New York City workers experienced at or declining wages, except for those in select high-wage sectors. However, since 2014, more workers have started to see wage gains, due to increased employment and demand for labor across a range of sectors. Nonetheless, these gains have not fully offset the wage stagnation that occurred during the recession. For example, in 2014, inflation- adjusted average annual wages were 2.1 percent lower than in 2007 for private, non-financial workers. Consequently, low-income New Yorkers continue to struggle with the city’s high living costs. Without the qualifications to advance to mid-wage jobs, these individuals and their families are likely to remain in poverty.

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Story

The City’s new Career Pathways strategy aims to create a more inclusive workforce, comprised of individuals from a range of backgrounds in all five boroughs. Through Career Pathways, the City is committed to providing New Yorkers with opportunities to enter the workforce and achieve economic stability, regardless of their starting skill level or educational attainment. To realize this vision of a more inclusive workforce, the City will support training programs that give people who historically struggle to enter the labor market the skills needed for entry-level work, as well as support the career advancement of low- and middle-skill New Yorkers. The Career Pathways strategy rests on the creation of a more comprehensive, integrated workforce development system and policy framework that supports agencies in effectively coordinating to help workers gain skills and progress in their careers.

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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