Workforce and Education

The robust Bay Area economy creates a tremendous number of jobs, particularly during times of economic expansion. But the workforce does not always have the technical, hard and soft skills to fill these positions and many people remain unemployed. We must continue to invest in education and workforce development across the continuum from early childhood education to the region’s world-leading institutions of higher learning. Only then can businesses get the skilled workforce they need and workers and their families have career and financial security. Addressing workplace inequalities between women and men is also essential for economic development. Millions of talented women are not given the opportunities they deserve to advance professionally, ultimately affecting their economic success and that of the companies they work for.

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Entrepreneurs, Startups and Innovation at the University of California

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UC’s Entrepreneurial Impact

UC Supports Immense, and Growing, Startup Culture

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Invest in training to revitalize California manufacturing

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Building Gender Equity
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Reinventing Manufacturing

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Reforming California Public Higher Education for the 21st Century

Revisiting the key components of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California is important to closing the education skills gap and ensuring equity, opportunity and California's future prosperity. Moving in the direction outlined in this analysis will put the state on a firm path toward closing the impending workforce skills gap and will provide residents with the increased economic mobility and opportunity that come with higher education.
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Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship

This analysis documents the economic contributions of companies founded by UC Berkeley students, alumni and faculty and estimates a minimum economic impact of entrepreneurial activity associated with UC Berkeley. It was prepared by the Economic Institute for UC Berkeley, which funded the project.