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To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills

By: Steve Lohr on Jun 14, 2021

Chelsea Rucker took a Google tech support course and was hired by Google in Nashville, Tenn., in 2019. Credit: Google

Ensuring that individuals receive holistic support beyond skills training is essential to enabling talent to obtain quality employment and forge enduring career paths. Labor experts emphasize the significance of soft skills and personalized guidance in connecting skilled workers to job opportunities, particularly for those without four-year degrees and from marginalized communities. Successful nonprofits like Year Up and Goodwill exemplify this approach, offering training and wraparound support with housing, transportation, and childcare. 

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