Track I: Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce
April 28-29, 2020
A globalized marketplace, increasing automation, pressure for rapidly interchangeable work skills, an inconsistent regulatory climate and uncertainty about how to design educational systems to bring them up-to-date with the ways we build knowledge and process information in the context of constantly changing technology are a part of what makes today’s working environment challenging for employers and employees alike.The barriers are significant and can be structural, including historically low wages, insufficient funding for alternative development strategies, lack of affordable education, taxpayer resistance, and lack of inter-agency collaboration.
Some barriers are attributable to the environment, such as discrimination, stereotyping, persistent poverty and lack of opportunity. Still other barriers boil down to inadequate opportunities and resources for career planning and job skill development.The pervasiveness of such barriers threatens the welfare of potential workers, blocks opportunities to develop individual skills and breeds hopelessness.