Project: 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 of work for most people, or simply change the types of skills most workers need? As technological advancement persists, there is a growing need for research to reveal how automation, artificial intelligence and digitalization will impact our workforce. 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 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. 

Additionally, Valley Vision will provide research on industry sectors and occupations that are most vulnerable to job displacement to inform a regional displacement preparedness/layoff aversion initiative. 

What is our 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.

In the midst of a technology and information revolution, we must keep equity and inclusion as priority considerations to ensure that populations commonly excluded are able to leverage this new opportunity. 

Why is this important?

15 years ago, only 49% of middle skill jobs required medium or high levels of digital literacy skills. However, as of 2018, 87% of jobs require these skills.

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.

 

When?

This work began in 2017 and will continue into September 2020. 

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