21st Century Workforce

Overview

To maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, our region must have a talented workforce — educated, trained and ready — for emerging opportunities in the 21st century economy.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify skill gaps
  • Promote educational pathways
  • Assess future employment needs
  • Improve linkages across industry sectors
  • Support access to workforce training
    • Our objective is to increase regional economic prosperity by aligning skills development and educational opportunities that create pathways to high-quality jobs.

      Our Metric: Increase the percentage of the population with a post high school certificate or degree to 45% by 2027.

    • The Capital Region faces a critical skills gap where workers are not learning the right skills to meet high-growth industry demand, causing employers an inability to fill vacant positions. Valley Vision is addressing this issue by:

      • Providing research to clarify where high-growth jobs will occur in the next ten years
      • Improving the talent pipeline by increasing coordination between employers and educators
      • Improving the employer advisory systems to make it easier for employers to engage
      • Ensuring that students are ready for employment by increasing the number of internships and work-based opportunities for students in the region.
    • In order for our regional economy to retain talent and grow economically, we are increasing the alignment between employment and education and training opportunities. This will help students and workers access the educational pathways they need.

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Featured Projects

CAPITAL REGION WORKFORCE ACTION PLAN

To maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, our region must have a talented workforce — educated, trained and ready — for the 21st century economy. Valley Vision supports this mission through the Capital Region Workforce Action …

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Future of Work

The digitalization of work is affecting jobs across all sectors of industry, stimulating a widespread discussion, both nationally and internationally. Speculation ranges widely – will rapid digitalization, automation, and artificial intelligence result in the end …

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STRONG WORKFORCE

California is investing $200 million annually in the Strong Workforce Program to help fill the growing demand for “middle-skill” positions that require more than a high school diploma, but not necessarily a 4-year college degree. …

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Blogs

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Building A Future-Ready Education System

People in our region are eager to learn new job skills – how will our region create the right opportunities? Valley Vision, partnered with the Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State, recently had a …

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Preventing Displacement in the Future of Work

The future of work will not arrive all at once, with a thud and a sudden robot takeover. Rather, incremental changes will gradually affect how work is organized and the mix of jobs in the …

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Future Focus Business Summit – How will we reinvent the workforce?

A story: The Human Genome Project launched in 1990 and it took seven years to get one percent of the project finished. When Human Genome scientists were asked if they were concerned about the rate …

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