National Association of Workforce Boards Launches AI-Powered Career Navigation and Learning Platform
National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) launched an AI-powered career navigation and learning platform, Workforce Compass, in partnership with technology provider FutureFit AI, at its annual event The Forum in Washington, D.C. The platform will enable participating workforce development boards to provide job seekers with career exploration, reskilling, and job placement support that is personalized through local labor market data and artificial intelligence.
Workforce Compass will enable workforce development boards to expand and strengthen their services for job seekers, aggregate national and local learning options on one simplified platform, and access real-time progression and outcomes data.
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An inaugural set of learning partners and workforce development boards will help shape the launch of the Workforce Compass platform as it expands to support job seekers around the country. The five inaugural workforce development boards and their staff will have the opportunity to inform the development of the platform to ensure Workforce Compass maximizes its impact for job seekers and the organizations that serve them. ”By integrating with both local and national providers, Workforce Compass is uniquely positioned to help us achieve sustainable, high-quality career outcomes for job seekers in our community,” said Mark Mattke, CEO of the Spokane Workforce Council. “We are excited to be an inaugural member of an innovative partnership that is poised to unlock the full potential of workforce development boards’ service delivery model.”
Initial national learning and training providers include Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, Calbright College, Penn Foster, and MedCerts, and will be driven by local decisions on learning and service provider options for each community. “Public-private partnerships will be critical to addressing the unemployment crisis and upskilling displaced workers for well-paying digital jobs,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO. “Coursera is excited to partner with Workforce Compass to provide job-seekers with access to a wide range of industry-relevant credentials from leading technology educators like Google and IBM and equip them with the skills needed to re-enter the workforce.”
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During The Forum’s opening keynote session, NAWB President and CEO Ron Painter said, “NAWB is excited to announce our new partnership with FutureFit AI and innovative learning providers on this groundbreaking career navigation and reskilling platform. During the initial design process of the platform, we worked with a great group of workforce development boards to ensure Workforce Compass will directly address common pain points.
This platform will complement the extraordinary work that workforce professionals are doing across the country to support job seekers and connect them to the appropriate learning and credentialing resources that best fit their needs.”
“There are more job seekers than ever who need support navigating high-demand career paths in the economy, and local workforce development boards across the country will be the backbone of our economic recovery efforts,” said Taylor Stockton, COO of FutureFit AI. “FutureFit AI is thrilled to be partnering with NAWB to launch Workforce Compass at a crucial time in that recovery.”