Our prize could benefit three types of workers:
Those who are already out of work.
Those who lose their jobs as a result of a COVID 19-induced recession.
What are the different challenges, and opportunities, we should be aware of when taking these three groups into account?
We know from research, for example, that the longer people are on unemployment, the less likely they are to find a job. So it might make sense to focus on the recently unemployed.
On the other hand, people who are long-term unemployed could benefit the most from upskilling.
As we’re discussing [url=[Jobs needed in the wake of the COVID-19 virus — XPRIZE Community](Jobs needed in the wake of the COVID-19 virus — XPRIZE Community]elsewhere[/url)], certain jobs, for example in delivery, may be in higher demand in the short term as a result of COVID-19, but they are still at risk of automation in the longer term - and they may not be the kind of fulfilling occupations we want to promote.
By contrast, some relatively future-proof professions, like cooks, could see job losses in the short term as a result of the quarantine, with restaurants being closed, but recover once it is lifted. Does it make sense for us to focus on them?
Or do you think these distinctions are irrelevant and any solution teams competing in our competition find will apply equally to all types of unemployed and at-risk workers?