Equity in Atlanta #6 | Building a Skilled Workforce

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

How do we build a skilled workforce to match our economic development initiatives and meet future demand?

A skilled and well-paid workforce isn’t the product of any single rockstar apprenticeship program or grant, but of an ecosystem that coordinates schools, businesses, and economic development professionals as early as possible. Economic development practitioners need to be working side-by-side with city governments in the early master planning phase of real estate and business initiatives so that pipelines can be built and activated to meet workforce needs.

We heard examples from around the country of experts bringing their middle and high school administrators and business owners together to design curricula that directly connect students to skilled jobs in their regions after they graduate. From Delta to Georgia Tech to the BeltLine, Atlanta anchor institutions and prominent companies are leading the charge. O