Case Study/Profile

Better Careers for Californians: Innovations Tackle Systemic Barriers to Advancement for Low-Wage Workers

At a Glance

Millions of working Californians are unable to fulfill their families’ basic needs. Higher-paying jobs that require specialized skills are beyond their reach, and many entry-level jobs are likely to be automated by 2022, so there’s an urgent need to redesign the state’s education and training systems to help people get the skills they need to secure family-supporting jobs. This brief—the first in a series—describes the challenges facing people in low-wage jobs and examines the shifts in relationships between employers, education and training providers, community agencies, and workers that will be required to keep up with the rapid pace of economic change and technological innovation.

Published oct. 22, 2019



Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Meeting Employer Needs
  • Preparing for the Future of Work