New Joint Center Research Calls for Workforce Training Evaluations to Analyze Race

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New Joint Center Research Calls for Workforce Training Evaluations to Analyze Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2019
Contact: press@jointcenter.org

New Joint Center Research Calls for Workforce Training Evaluations to Analyze Race

Joint Center President Spencer Overton will talk about the new data at Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester's CBC ALC forum

WASHINGTON – Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is releasing a 6-page fact sheet, Improving Training to Brighten the Future of Black Workers, urging for better analysis and disclosure of outcomes by race to ensure that training programs are effective for African Americans. Effective training programs are critical to help Black workers obtain “good jobs,” as McKinsey & Company estimates that 23 percent (4.6 million) of Black workers could face job displacement by 2030 as a result of automation.

To learn more about this important Joint Center research, attend Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester’s CBC ALC forum, Disruption or Innovation: A Blueprint for the Black Community in the Tech-Age. The event will be held today from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 103A). During the forum, Spencer will discuss the importance of effective data in helping Black workers use quality training and education programs to earn higher salaries.

"The research clearly shows that too many workforce training programs are not analyzing program outcomes by race. As a result, we don't have enough data to determine whether training programs are serving Black participants equitably, or to learn how to improve training so that it more effectively serves Black participants," said Spencer. "We already require an analysis of data by race for juvenile justice and education. We should do the same for federally-funded workforce training programs. We need data to ensure that training programs are effectively and equitably serving African Americans."

Our 6-page fact sheet, Improving Training to Brighten the Future of Black Workers, summarizes the research that will be detailed in the Joint Center's report, Evaluating African American Outcomes to Improve Workforce Training Programs. The full report will be released in the fall.

Other speakers at the forum include Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative Executive Director Alastair Fitzpayne, Delaware Technical Community College President Dr. Mark Brainard, and Apple Community Education Development Executive Cathleen Richardson. Brookings Institution Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee will moderate the discussion.

The forum will take place today from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 103A).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2019
Contact: press@jointcenter.org

New Joint Center Research Calls for Workforce Training Evaluations to Analyze Race

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