A report by the GW Institute of Public Policy calls for improved data sharing on skill-building programs viewed as a pathway to economic mobility in the post-COVID job market.
As workers and policymakers look at the best ways for individuals to secure stable employment after the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, non-degree credential programs have taken center stage as a quick and effective way for workers to enhance their skills or retrain for positions in new fields. A new report released by George Washington University researchers examines what we know about the value these credentials hold in the labor market and what research needs to be done to address significant questions that remain.
Non-degree credentials programs range from industry-awarded certifications, licenses issued by governments to independent bootcamps and apprenticeships. They are widely seen as a tool for enabling social and economic mobility, while being a less time consuming and less costly alternative to traditional postsecondary education programs.