TPM Strategy #1 - Organize an Employer Collaborative

September 7, 2017

Talent Pipeline Management Strategy 1


Employers benefit from collaboratives because members can accomplish more by working together than working alone.

With millions of open jobs and even more people unemployed or underemployed, our nation is in need of an employer-led solution to connect people to the workforce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) approach organizes the business community in a new way to address its most critical workforce needs. The first step in the TPM process is to form an employer collaborative, a partnership organized by employers, for employers.

What makes these employer collaboratives different from a public-private partnership? Employer collaboratives focus on the most pressing issues affecting business competitiveness. This could be across industries, within one industry, in one community, or within a region; employers working together may find that their most pressing needs are focused—such as onboarding new employees--or found in numerous places, such as hiring and retaining workers. Employers benefit because employer members can accomplish more by working together than working alone—providing clearer communication on talent needs to partners where they get talent from and learn and improve together.

Forming a collaborative is the first step to creating shared value where everyone involved benefits. Students have a clearer understanding of how to best prepare for in-demand jobs, institutions are better equipped to educate students; and businesses find the right workers with the right skills.

Learn more about organizing an employer collaborative by watching the above video.

In anticipation of the upcoming national workforce conference on October 16, America Working Forward, each week the Chamber Foundation will release a video to describe one of the six TPM strategies. The Foundation will publically release its TPM Academy curriculum at the event. Register for the event here or check back to learn about the next strategy.

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