Las Vegas’ “Pioneering Mentality” Could Use Guidance for the Future of Work
A new study encourages policymakers to prioritize long-term planning and investment in education and workforce
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Washington, DC – Today the Bertelsmann Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), announced the launch of its microsite (www.the-future-of-work.org), which highlights key analysis, video content, and other insights derived from research they conducted to determine the potential impact the future of work will have on Las Vegas, Nevada, and more specifically, its workers. The study was conducted as part of a larger effort by the Bertelsmann Foundation and NAWB to assess how the future of work is taking shape across cities and regions with vastly different economic and occupational profiles. They will be launching similar analyses for Orlando, Florida, and Riverside, California, over the next few weeks.
The research found that, while Las Vegas embodies entrepreneurialism and embraces new ideas, its “pioneering mentality” needs to be nurtured. Workers are often left to their own devices when it comes to skilling and re-skilling, as resources for both are too limited and sometimes fail to adequately address individual worker needs. The pioneering spirit has served the city well, but the challenges that the businesses and workers face as technology advances will require that policy makers and funders provide support through increased investment in workforce development. Workforce development will be challenged to provide both immediate needs for workers now, while developing an inter-connected education and support system for the future.
“A strong economy has provided a rising number of jobs,“ said NAWB CEO Ron Painter. “These jobs will require new skills, and a workforce development system that is funded and agile. Local elected officials and workforce boards will need to be dedicated to vigilance and a view of success that is long-term. We saw a spirit of open discussion in our visit that is an essential part of developing the necessary vision.”
In their analysis, the Bertelsmann Foundation and NAWB suggest the following strategies:
● Reshaping the low-tax, low-regulation (and, ultimately, low-investment) approach to training workers for the future of work in Las Vegas
● Separating future of work planning and solutions from short-term economic and political goals
● Examining overall job quality, wages, inequality, housing, transportation, and quality of life
● Channeling the Las Vegas “pioneering mentality” to drive future of work solutions
● Communicating the implications of technology and automation to frontline workers
● Incentivizing businesses to help them upskill and retrain their current workforce
“The space to test innovative future of work solutions in Las Vegas absolutely exists,” said Jeff Brown, Future of Work & Automation Program Manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation. “In order to be successful, however, Las Vegas needs a political leader to step up and champion the issue, and to ensure that policymakers prioritize long-term sustainability over short-term gain.”