ASU+GSV: Stephen Goldsmith on how to give displaced workers new opportunities

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Strada Education Network conducted surveys with Gallup and learned that anxiety levels among workers who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 is high.

WorkingNation interviewed Strada’s senior strategy advisor, Stephen Goldsmith, for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

The post-COVID response, says Goldsmith, will have to address the disrupted labor markets and “how those are rippling through the feelings and anxiety levels of the workers.”

“We have large numbers of workers in service industries, restaurant industries, retail industries, where those jobs aren’t going to come back,” says Goldsmith. Employers will need to “pay more attention to hiring by skills, rather than credentials.”

Goldsmith said sometimes workers don’t know how the skills they have might transfer.

“What we need to do is both work with employers to identify the skills needed,” says Goldsmith, and to “work with potential employees to document the skills they have, to work with training and education to fill the gap, and then to be able to create a system that signals to employers that this employee has those skills.”

That, says Goldsmith, will give people a chance that they never had before.

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