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Season 1 Episode 7 - The Skill Shift

Building a Vibrant Workforce Through Skills Development | Amanda Winters

Learn how Amanda Winters and the NGA are putting an emphasis on data, exploring learner employment records and addressing skills-based hiring.

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How states are grappling with a tight labor market, accessing new pools of talent


Using micro-credentials and skills-based hiring in Amanda’s work


The role of degrees and skills in the future of work and learning


Using data as a proof point for skills-based hiring and more


The metrics to measure the effectiveness of pathway programs


The rundown on learning employment records


Finding inspiration in Arkansas’ Chief Data Officer


Episode recap


Amanda's final thoughts

Organizations across industries and U.S. states are facing challenges in finding skilled workers. In this episode of The Skill Shift, guest Amanda Winters, program director at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, shares how her organization is working on projects that focus on building talent pipelines, economic growth and skills-based hiring.  

Amanda highlights the importance of data to make evidence-informed decisions and its role in driving policy and program development, including micro-credentials. She also shares her passion for learning employment records and how they can be used to showcase skills and credentials for people from all walks of life. 

Tune into this episode of The Skill Shift to discover how building a vibrant workforce is about giving people the skills to continue to learn, grow and be able to adapt to a changing world of work.


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Amanda Winters

Program Director for Postsecondary Education at the National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices Read Amanda Winters's bio
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Malika Asthana

Senior Manager, strategy and public affairs Read Malika Asthana's bio
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