Project: Future of Work

The digitalization of work is affecting jobs across all organizations regardless of industry. Nation and worldwide, there is widespread discussion, research and speculation about how automation, digitalization, and the disruption created by technological advances will impact jobs and the workforce. Speculation ranges widely – will rapid digitalization, automation, and artificial intelligence result in the end of work for most people, or simply change the types of skills most workers need? The future growth and prosperity of our region requires that we quickly and inclusively prepare our region’s workforce for the changing nature of work.

What is the goal?

The goal is to examine how technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the internet of things are changing the types of skills and competencies our region needs to ensure a diverse, vibrant and competitive workforce for the jobs in demand today and into the future.

Why is this important?

Workforce competitiveness is key to regional prosperity. This rapidly accelerating occupational shift requires immediate action from our network of academic, civil, corporate and non-profit leaders to ensure that we can remain competitive as a region.

Equity and inclusiveness are a priority consideration. Middle skill, or “good” jobs, that offer opportunities for workers without a four-year college degree to earn enough to support themselves and to socially advance are rapidly digitizing and therefore demanding more digital competency than in the past.

Whereas 49% of middle skill jobs required medium or high levels of digital literacy 15-years ago, 87% of today’s jobs require these skills.

It is critical to the future prosperity of the Capital region that we empower students and workers with relevant skills and access to training to be competitive and employable throughout their careers.

How does this improve people’s lives?

It is important that people in the region have the job skills that they need to be successful in the changing economy. Basic digital literacy is critical to employability in the economy of the future. Right now, people of color and women are underrepresented in highly digital occupations. Without intervention, these populations could get left behind. These forums will help catalyze high priority action to prepare for digitialization and the future of work.

What is Valley Vision’s role?

Valley Vision, supported by Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), Golden Sierra Workforce Development Board (WDB), North Central Counties Consortium, and Yolo WDB, is bringing together workforce partners, educators, and employers to have critical conversations and identify high priority actions.

What is our desired impact?

To prepare the Capital region for the increasing impact of technology on the workplace, including changes in job skills, occupations, and industries.


Forum and follow up work is being conducted December 2017 to May 2018.

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