Employer power and employee skills: understanding workforce training programs in the context of labor market power

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Author: Naidu, Suresh; Sojourner, Aaron


As the [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 recession continues and the pandemic worsens, millions of people have lost their jobs and are at risk of long-term unemployment. Policymakers and practitioners looking for strategies to address long-term unemployment are turning to workforce training and development programs to help workers rebuild their skills. Yet training programs that focus on skills learning without addressing underlying labor market power dynamics between employers and workers can perpetuate existing inequalities. This report examines the idea that a 'skills gap' drives...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Labour market; Equity; Skills and knowledge; Workforce development

Keywords: Unemployment; Ethnicity; Return on education and training; Human capital; Employment practice; Union; Agency role; Labour demand; Labour market program; Training program; Curriculum development; Employment service; Labour relations; Labour mobility; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: New York, New York: Roosevelt Institute, 2020

Physical description: 73 p.

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Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 145.773

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