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Better Care through Better Jobs: Improving Training and Employment for Direct Care Workers

January 1, 2012

This video captures a conversation led by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative on improving training and employment for direct care workers. This is part of a series titled “Reinventing Low Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy.”

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Key Takeaways

In 2011, nearly 4 million workers were employed in direct care positions.
Direct care jobs are often characterized by low-wages and few benefits or pathways for career advancement.
Low wage jobs are a growing part of the U.S. economy, and they must be strengthened.

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