Predicting the Future of Work: NAWB CEO Ron Painter Discusses How to Train Workers for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

In the 21st century, the world of work is constantly changing. This podcast series, Reimagining Career Pathways, will explore the needs of the future workforce, rethinking traditional education pathways to connect students today with the in-demand jobs and skills of the future.

Over the past few decades, the emergence of new technologies has changed the shape of the workforce. Jobs that existed for centuries have disappeared, and many jobs of the future have yet to be created. According to Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, as the workforce continues to evolve, the way people are trained for jobs will have to change as well.

“I think we have to fundamentally rethink, how do we deal with an individual throughout their career? Because there’s going to be this constant need for reskilling,” says Ron.

Because workers of the future will constantly need to upskill, workforce development boards around the country have channeled their focus onto lifelong learning.

For us in the education and skill development industry, I think that we have gone through a period of conversation around lifelong learning. But I really think the challenge now for us in the industry is to figure out really, how does that work?” Ron asks.

So what are those in workforce development doing to propel lifelong learning, from K12 to retirement? Listen in to our interview with Ron Painter and guest host Kevin Fudge of ASA to learn more about how local workforce boards are preparing for the future, and what can be done to create work-based education that provides students and workers today with the skills of tomorrow.

This podcast episode is sponsored by American Student Assistance®. ASA® is a national nonprofit committed to helping kids know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. To learn more about ASA, visit