Modernizing and Investing in Workforce Development is the latest of a series of papers recommending systemic improvements to modernize the United States’ outdated patchwork of workforce policies, all being issued by the Better Employment and Training Strategies (BETS) taskforce. BETS is a coalition of more than 40 leading practitioners and researchers that has come together to develop these recommendations.
This paper, co-authored by CSW President & CEO Larry Good and Earl Buford, the incoming president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, argues that the U.S. needs to build and sustain an ecosystem that supports lifelong learning and career mobility for all Americans, and makes five major recommendations for accomplishing that.
About the BETS Taskforce
The Better Employment and Training Strategies Taskforce (BETS) is a coalition of more than 40 leading practitioners and experts working to modernize the United States’ outdated patchwork of workforce policies. The five BETS workgroups were convened in November 2020 to develop recommendations aimed at informing the incoming Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress on issues and policy options related to unemployment insurance, workforce development, job quality, youth employment, and federal jobs initiatives. The BETS Taskforce was convened by Prof. Stephen Crawford of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, Stuart Andreason of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Larry Good of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.
This report was the result of the work of the BETS workforce development group, co-chaired by the paper’s authors, Larry Good and Earl Buford. Other workgroup members, many of whom made substantial contributions, included Stuart Andreason, Burt Barnow, Kisha Bird, Mary Gardner Clagett, Maureen Conway, Stephen Crawford, Annelies Goger, Todd Greene, James Haynes, Roberts T. Jones, Christopher King, Jane Oates, Brent Parton, Thomas Showalter, Martin Simon, and Katie Spiker.