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Employment & Training for Mature Adults

January 13, 2020

The Current System and Moving Forward

The Brookings Institute recently published an analysis of employment and training policy. The analysis had two objectives: first to understand the nature of the problem and, secondly, to survey what we know and what we need to learn about effective job training that addresses these challenges.

As the author states, “There has a great deal of thought given about how to best prepare young people for work but it seems fair to say that less attention has been paid to adults. The case for thinking seriously about how to help adults cope with economic shocks is strong both because of the economic implications for individuals and families and because of the risks to social stability if large numbers of people find themselves in economic distress.”

This paper was prepared for the inaugural conference on “Automation and the Middle Class” for the Brookings Institution, Future of the Middle Class Initiative. It was authoried by Paul Osterman, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and a member of the Department of Urban Planning at M.I.T.

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