Adult education programs are crucial to alleviating this gap and helping all Americans achieve economic and social mobility. Educate & Elevate is a national campaign to educate America about the importance of adult education in advancing career and college readiness, and making our workforce more globally competitive.
For eighteen years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has recognized leading businesses whose purpose-driven work makes the world around them a better place.
That work is going well and is spurring a more comprehensive transformation of the public schools and greater alignment between higher education programs and business needs. But the payoff is long term. Meanwhile, manufacturers have more immediate skill needs that are not being met. So, ConxusNEO is now focusing on those needs as well. The starting point for meeting those immediate skill needs is reliable and actionable information about which jobs are most difficult to fill and what skills those jobs require. But that information turns out to be in short supply, creating a missing link at a crucial point in the talent supply chain. Enter, the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Initiative.
For a growing number of women worldwide, particularly those in underserved communities, the road to economic empowerment starts with a mobile device.
Possibilities Become Realities
In San Jose, California, U.S.A., a playground rises from the concrete in a single day. Across the country, a rundown library in North Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., is transformed to reflect its city’s brightening future.
Cultivating a competent and savvy workforce remains a critical goal to securing the livelihood of the American economy. American businesses know this better than anyone. It’s a problem not easily solved. Matching qualified individuals with these positions requires time and resources. However, from our work at Accredible, we know firsthand that business and professionals succeed when there are increased opportunities for online learning.
The community investment world received a boost yesterday as a number of companies announced an increase in giving as a result of the tax plan passed by Congress. As I read the announcements, two trends came into focus—people and community.
For years, there has been a disconnect between what businesses want new employees to know before they show up for work and what the applicant pool actually knows. The TPM initiative puts employers in the driver’s seat of workforce partnerships for demand-driven workforce solutions. And it’s working for states like Houston, Kansas, and Kentucky, with success stories from Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, and Arizona soon to come.
Businesses can be important voice for positive social impact in their communities as well as a key economic driver.