NSC to join panel of experts for Brookings event.

December 04, 2012


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December 4, 2012

On Wednesday, December 12, NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen will join a panel of experts for “The Future of Federal Workforce Policy,” a discussion hosted by The Brookings Institution. Check out the Brookings event announcement below for registration information to attend the event in person or view the live webcast. We will also be tweeting live updates to the event’s hashtage #BIWork, so be sure to follow along!

Brookings Event Announcement:
The Future of Federal Workforce Development Policy
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 9:30 — 11:00 am
The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The overhaul of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in the late 1990s put in place a new framework to provide federal job training programs to workers and to “improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance productivity and competitiveness.” Reauthorization of WIA is long overdue, as the Act’s provisions technically expired nearly a decade ago. Yet Congress failed to act this year, and, as a result, America has no clear workforce development strategy at precisely the time when our economic future depends on it. Today’s record-high levels of long-term unemployment mean that job training will be critical for America’s future economic success. Many employers complain of a “skills gap” between the skills demanded by available jobs and those held by jobseekers, and individuals seeking training are often unable to obtain the skills they need to enter (or re-enter) the workforce on a path to economic security.

On December 12, Brookings will host a discussion on the future of federal workforce development policy in the context of long-term joblessness, slow labor market recovery, and a fragile middle class. Moderated by Fellow Elisabeth Jacobs, a panel of experts will examine current federal policy, promising proposals for updating existing policy to meet current labor market challenges, and political obstacles preventing progress toward a system that best meets the needs of both workers and employers.

After the program, panelists will take audience questions. This event will be live webcast. Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #BIWork.

Register here to attend in person.
Register here for the live webcast.

Introduction and Moderator:
Elisabeth Jacobs
Fellow, Governance Studies
The Brookings Institution


Jennifer McNelly
The Manufacturing Institute
Andy Van Kleunen
Executive Director
National Skills Coalition

 Peter Cappelli
 George W. Taylor Professor of Management
 Director, Center for Human Resources
 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania