BEACON: JustJobs Network
BEACON is a series that profiles, highlights and celebrates the work done by organisations and individuals for their initiatives in education and skills. We welcome referrals, but we tend to profile those groups whose work we understand and know well. There is no consideration of any kind that has been paid for the BEACON series and the decision on whom and how to profile an initiative is entirely that of The Hearth Education Advisors.
JustJobs Network is a private organisation that researches to find evidence-based solutions to solve a pressing challenge: How to create more and better jobs worldwide. It has a dual presence in Washington DC and New Delhi, working to achieve its mission: ‘Improve the quality and quantity of jobs worldwide toward less poverty, greater equality, and more sustainable economic growth.’
We at The Hearth Education Advisors have been impressed by the quality of primary research that guides the work of JustJobs. A recent campaign – Transformations in Technology, Transformations in Work – has significant impact on how and what our education system requires students to learn. The mismatch between the formal education system and the skills required in the workplace are widely discussed, but usually in the context of historical trends leading to present recruitment patterns. However, JustJobs is looking ahead at a fundamental shift in how the “on-demand economy” is transforming jobs. This leads inevitably to discussions on lifelong learning and the need for an equally fundamental transformation in the education system. [Download the report]
The JustJobs Network is the vision of John Podesta, who founded and incubated the organization within the Center for American Progress. With seed funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the current President & Executive Director, Sabina Dewan, operationalized Podesta’s vision, creating a diverse global network of organizations focused on labour and employment issues. In 2013, the JustJobs Network became independent of the Center for American Progress.