The business community has a long history of investing in education. Investments in the nation’s young people have become a strategic priority as companies seek to build a supply of skilled and educated workers to meet the demands of the 21st century economy.
Unemployment and underemployment rates among young graduates are improving but remain substantially higher than before the recession began. For young college graduates, the unemployment rate is currently 7.2 percent (compared with 5.5 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate is 14.9 percent (compared with 9.6 percent in 2007). The picture becomes even more complicated when talking about career readiness in the K-12 system as 19.5 percent of young high school graduates are unemployed (compared to 15.9 percent in 2007) and 37.0 percent are underemployed (compared to a rate of 26.8 percent in 2007).
One thing is certain – businesses are part of the solution to rectifying this challenge, and many unique and successful business partnerships already exist to that effect.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Pearson, is hosting a business-only roundtable to explore collaborative partnerships more thoroughly. The roundtable will give companies the opportunity to share their successes and challenges in a closed-door setting.
We invite you to join your corporate peers for the second in a series of business-only roundtables focused on education, workforce development, and career readiness. How do we better align the skills students are learning to the needs of the workforce? We will discuss the real challenges and opportunities businesses face when trying to tackle these challenges in multi-sector education partnerships.
Discussion will follow Chatham House Rule. Space is limited to create an intimate, lively, and results-driven discussion.
The conversation will be framed around three primary questions:
USCCF supporters receive 1 free registrant; non-supporters contribute $250 per meeting.