Employment and Jobs

Built in Chicago: “P33 and Other Tech Stakeholders Discuss the Future of Work in Chicago”

November 26, 2019  • Future of Work Initiative

The Future of Work Initiative’s recent event on lifelong learning in Chicago, IL was featured in Built in Chicago. Read an excerpt below. 

Project 2033 (P33) CEO Brad Henderson stood in front of a Monday morning gathering of Chicago tech stakeholders and described his family’s trajectory from poverty into the middle class.

For about 200 years, he said, Henderson’s family held working-class jobs in West Virginia. His grandfather, however, secured a 40-year career at a Cleveland steel company that enabled him to send his children to college. He landed this job by presenting himself at the steel company, totally untrained.

Today, careers look different.

The rise of automation and robotics is transforming the global workforce, upending traditional working class jobs and leaving corporations with unfilled technical roles. Without a plan for accessible skill training, the pathway to the middle class could become even steeper for countless people.

That’s why local and national leaders (including Henderson; Alastair Fitzpayne of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative; DK Sinha of Cognizant; Andreas Cangellaris of University of Illinois; Helen Adeosun of CareAcademy; and Juan Salgado of City Colleges of Chicago) led a community discussion this morning at Malcolm X College on the future of work in Chicago.

Read the full article from Built in Chicago