As technological advances continue to roil the global economy, with established jobs and industries lost and new jobs and industries sprouting up seemingly overnight, the need for workplace training and education is critical for almost all of us as we age.
With increasing enrollments and tighter budgets at local universities, community colleges, and specialized schools, support from grantmakers is needed more than ever to create innovative pathways to provide job training and retraining for older adults.
Even relatively modest investments in workforce training and education can turn into lasting and important contributions to a community. For example, small grants can help a college pilot new approaches for older learners that later become integrated into ongoing college offerings. Many “small bets” can turn the key to continued employability for a large number of adult students.
Here are some ideas for how grantmakers can help adults get the education and training they need to remain vital players in their community’s economic life.