In a recent interview, Peter Robinson, President and CEO of USCIB, says “the guiding principle for government should be to protect and enable/retrain the worker, not protect the job.” He believes that fears over jobsolescence are over-hyped, noting, “there is an established track record of new technologies creating at least as many new jobs as they displace. Usually these new jobs demand higher skills and provide higher pay.”
Robinson states that the biggest obstacle to employability is created by education or the shortcomings thereof. “Educational institutions won’t be able to keep pace with new skills demands.” His solution? “Schools should prioritize the arts and humanities in order to create T-shaped individuals capable of adapting and going where the demand lies.”
The CEO of USCIB explains, “middle-class employees without higher education beyond high school need more established paths to long-term employment.” Robinson calls for increased “partnerships among employers, policy makers, and educational institutions” because “no one sector of society can address this alone.” If this is a topic that piques your concern or interest, the full article is available for your perusal.