WorkingNation and Time Inc.’s Fortune partner to stream Episode 2 of “FutureWork”

WorkingNation and Time Inc.’s Fortune partner to stream Episode 2 of “FutureWork,” a new documentary series by Barbara Kopple

The series investigates dramatic changes impacting the U.S. workforce and solutions to train workers for the new economy  

Episode 2 focuses on Year Up, a national non-profit organization that partners with employers to provide young adults with valuable one-year training programs

Watch at Fortune.com and WorkingNation.com

Nov. 2, 2016 (Los Angeles) — Fortune has partnered with WorkingNation to distribute four episodes of “FutureWork,” a series of digital shorts by award-winning director Barbara Kopple. The films were commissioned by WorkingNation, a new not-for-profit national campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the looming unemployment crisis and skills gap in the United States.

The series consists of four 10-minute episodes that explore dramatic changes in U.S. workforce and highlight solutions to equip workers with new skills.

Episode 2, “A Year Up,” premieres today on Fortune.com and Time.com. The episode focuses on Year Up, a national non-profit organization that partners with employers to provide young adults with a one-year training and internship program that results in potential employment.

Director Barbara Kopple follows Christopher Hilliard, a young out-of-work security guard who made the transition into one of the world’s leading global PR firms in less than a year, thanks to the innovative efforts of the Year Up program.

Watch it here.

The streaming episode is accompanied by a compelling op-ed from Year Up CEO Gerald Chertavian. In the piece, Chertavian explains how the “Opportunity Divide” in the United States is threatening the nation’s economic competitiveness and why companies can and should invest in closing the divide through innovative training and education programs.

“We have six million young adults – one in seven young adults in this country – who are out of school and out of work with no more than a high school diploma,” writes Chertavian. “Paradoxically, over the next decade twelve million jobs will go unfilled due to a lack of skilled talent in our workforce. This is a two-dimensional market failure: employers’ demand for skills is not being met by traditional education and training systems, but we have a massive supply of underutilized human capital with few bridges that connect the two.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Additional episodes of “FutureWork” will premier on Fortune.com and Time.com in the coming weeks.

Episode 3 covers a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation. Experts have called the program the model for the future of technical education, and its success has caught the eye of hundreds of other large manufacturers looking to create similar programs of their own.

Episode 4 highlights how youth tech competitions like the Vex Robotics World Championships increasingly serve as recruiting grounds for employers seeking new hires with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

The series launched on Fortune and Time on Oct. 19 with the premier of the first episode, “A Story of Yesterday & Today.” It explored the demise of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, and the impact it has had on local families struggling to find work in the aftermath of massive layoffs by the company. Watch it here.

“The simple truth is that the future of work and employment is changing – faster than we ever could have predicted – and we are not ready,” said WorkingNation CEO and founder Art Bilger. “In fact, most Americans are dangerously unaware that this looming crisis even exists. At WorkingNation, we aim to change that while there is still time.” Read Bilger’s essay on the series on Fortune.com.

“FutureWork” was executive produced by Joan Lynch and Melissa Panzer, two former producers for ESPN who are leading WorkingNation’s production of original content.

Lynch is a former vice president and executive producer of content development at ESPN, where she oversaw the award-winning “30 for 30” documentary series, among other projects. Panzer, a Clio Award-winning producer, is also president of Don’t Panic Productions.

“FutureWork” is the newest documentary series from director Kopple, who is widely acclaimed for her piercing documentaries on workers’ rights and social issues. Her previous works include the feature-length documentaries “Harlan County, USA,” exploring labor tensions in the coal mining industry in the 1970s, and “American Dream,” about a mid-1980s workers’ strike at a Hormel meatpacking plant in Minnesota.

“Harlan County, USA” won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. “American Dream” also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1991.

Founded by venture capitalist Art Bilger, WorkingNation exists to expose hard truths about the looming unemployment crisis and bring the country together to create new jobs for a changing economy. Bilger serves as CEO of WorkingNation and has assembled a team of talented journalists, media and non-profit executives to carry out its mission. WorkingNation’s produces original programming from award-winning directors and producers as well as other forms of interactive multimedia outreach to everyday Americans.

For more information, visit WorkingNation.com.