“With nearly 6 million young adults both out of school and work, there is a clear talent gap between the needs of the business community and how future talent is prepared for careers,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce. “The U.S. Chamber Foundation has a rich history of building capacity for employers to meet their talent needs and expand economic opportunity. Through this work, we have identified one primary avenue for new forms of business engagement in career readiness: work-based learning.”
Expanding upon our Business Leads initiative, which began with the 2018 launch of the Fellowship Program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proud to support five state or local chambers of commerce with $95,000 each through the Career Readiness Lab to implement a work-based learning program to better connect students with academic and experiential learning opportunities to graduate ready for college and career.
The Career Readiness Lab is a network of chambers dedicated to fill the talent gap by developing and implementing strategic programming that promotes leading work-based learning and employment practices and creates opportunity for students and employers aligned to the economic needs of the region. Advised by national experts, participants of the program are establishing sustainable, scalable models of work-based learning that can be replicated by chambers of commerce across the country.
Participants of the Program
Participants of the Career Readiness Lab were announced in a December 11 press release. The program begins for participants in January 2019 and will conclude in May 2020.
Technology Enables Career-Aligned Training at Scale
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Whitinsville, MA
Students Inspired with Direct Connection to Employers
The Lancaster Chamber, Lancaster, PA
A Mobile Solution for a Rural Problem
Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Augusta, ME
Expanding Equity through Work-Based Learning Opportunities
Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Tempe, AZ
Training for Students AND Businesses
Wake Forest Chamber Foundation, Wake Forest, NC