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Training Roadmap for the Future of Work

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Did you know that Washington is the first state in the country to provide a Future of Work roadmap for shared prosperity for the foreseeable future? And, training is a key component? State agencies can use this roadmap’s recommendations to prepare their workforce for the future.

Lew McMurran and Joe Wilcox are the authors of the Workforce Training and Education Board’s Future of Work Task Force 2019 Policy Report. They provide recommendations to address:

  • Establishing pathways to create an adaptable and skilled workforce
  • Removing systemic barriers and inequities to promote widespread prosperity

The state legislature established the Future of Work Task Force and charged them with creating the report. The task force developed 17 specific policy recommendations in 5 main policy areas:

  1. Comprehensive worker upskilling and lifelong learning
  2. Use and adoption of technology in the workplace
  3. Improved labor market data and credentialing transparency
  4. Modernized worker support system
  5. Equal access to economic development resources across Washington

These specific recommendations can be used by state agencies to improve their future workforce by:

  • Supporting funding for incumbent worker training
  • Checking outcome metrics
  • Use and adoption of advanced technology with training to support it
  • Making technology available to all
  • Establishing pathways to create an adaptable and skilled workforce
  • Removing systemic barriers and inequities

We’re here to support you as you put these recommendations into place. Here are ways we can help:

Read the Future of Work Task Force 2019 Policy Report to learn more about what you can do to help your workforce move into the future.

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Patrick Seigler is the Leadership Development Manager for the Department of Enterprise Services. He is the former Director of the Employment Security Department’s Training Academy. Pat also worked as the Human Resource and Strategic Development Manager for the Economic Services Administration (ESA) of DSHS. He is a former faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University and taught at the University of Alabama and Stillman College.

Prior to working for the State, Patrick worked in the medical technology field traveling throughout the country implementing cutting-edge training programs. He won a national award in 1999 for web service development. Pat has been a certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Instructor for the last 14 years and is also a certified Crucial Conversations instructor. He has professional experience in e-Learning development, LMS administration and management, and leadership development.




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