Bridge Builders: How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World

Bridge Builders: How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World

Expanding employment opportunities and advancing racial equity as the U.S. economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 will require better coordination among local and regional educators, employers, policy makers, learners, and workers, a report from the Strada Education Network argues. The report, Bridge Builders: How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World (57 pages, PDF), offers promising models focused on bringing together diverse stakeholders to create an education-employment system that helps strengthen the economy while increasing opportunities for all. Developed by a working group of leading education and workforce experts convened in early 2020 by Strada and the Lumina Foundation to discuss ways to better align postsecondary education and job training programs with workforce needs, the report outlines things that intermediary groups can do to reduce unacceptably high unemployment rates with locally focused, lower-cost, shorter-term training; advance paths to quality employment for all; help education providers and employers communicate more effectively by speaking a "common skills language"; better align labor supply and demand; and provide both leadership and accountability.