The Employment Technology Fund (ETF) was launched in 2017 through the joint efforts of the Walmart, Joyce, Kellogg, and Rockefeller 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 the tools to identify the most promising tools and practices,
● broadly disseminating effective employment technology products and practices, including developing a searchable, online Employment Technology Tool Resource repository for vetted tools and promising practices.
The EdTech Center aims to field test the following tools between August 2017 and March 2018: Cell-Ed, Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, SkillSmart, Signal Vine, and Nepris. Read about initial field tests in the blog, “How Tech Can Bridge the Employment Opportunity Gap.”