Technology Testing for Adult Learning & Employment

The Employment Technology Fund (ETF) was launched in 2017 through the joint efforts of leading foundations to advance economic mobility for lower-skilled, low-wage workers through targeted investments in the development of technology tools for education, training, and employment.

Through funding from Walmart, the EdTech Center @ World Education ensures maximum impact for the ETF investments through four main strategies:
● advising developers of ETF-funded tools on tool adaptations to better serve low-income adults,
● field testing of the tools nationally to identify the most promising tools and practices,
● broadly disseminating effective employment technology products and practices, including developing a searchable, online Workforce Tech Tools repository for vetted tools and promising practices.

The EdTech Center aims to field test the following tools between August 2017 and October 2018: Cell-Ed, Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, SkillSmart, Signal Vine, Nepris, Care Academy and Pairin. Read about initial field tests in the blog, “How Tech Can Bridge the Employment Opportunity Gap.”

The final project report is available, “Leveraging Technology to Increase Opportunity and Economic Security for Adults.”

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