Reports
September 3, 2020

TPM Resource Guide: Connecting Opportunity Population Talent to Better Career Pathways

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Why Create a TPM Resource Guide for Opportunity Populations?
In the new economy, employers compete on talent. Employers in a variety of industries face skill shortages and explore many strategies to work with education and training partners to address talent attraction, sourcing, retention, diversity and equity needs. Learners also must be effective in their pursuit of career awareness and exploration activities and in connecting their education, training, and credentialing to employment. Workers also must find, access, and complete upskilling opportunities to achieve upward economic mobility.

Moreover, community-based, nonprofit, and other opportunity population-serving organizations (OPSOs) are exploring new strategies that improve their responsiveness to employer needs and abilities to train, support, and retain opportunity population talent. Complementing this objective is the increasing interest among employers to diversify their talent pipelines and create more inclusive and equitable workplaces.

Strengthening relationships between employers and OPSOs—which benefits opportunity population talent—is more important now than ever before. But even as the self-evident need for stronger partnerships grows, major systemic challenges remain when it comes to engaging employers and sustaining these partnerships at the scale needed.

Who is the Resource Guide for?
The intended audience is organizations, their associated professionals, and their employer partners that serve opportunity populations—a term used to describe people who experience barriers to employment. Other stakeholders interested in TPM may also benefit from the resources in the guide.

What is Included in the Resource Guide?
This guide provides a set of resources that can be used to explore how TPM can be leveraged—as a framework as well as a set of strategies—to build stronger employer and opportunity population partnerships. Creating successful partnerships requires employers and OPSOs to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s worlds and the roles that different professionals and organizations play in making partnerships work. The guide is designed both to introduce newcomers to TPM and to enhance the existing TPM movement. In addition to this introduction, the guide has three core resources:

Resource 1: Opportunity Populations Serving Organizations’ Orientation to Employers—This resource is intended to better orient opportunity populations serving organizations and their associated professionals with the employer community and the professional roles therein.

Resource 2: Employer Orientation to the Opportunity Populations Community—This resource is intended for the employer community as an orientation to better understand opportunity population serving organizations, the professional roles therein, and the services they provide, as well as opportunity population talent, their strengths, and the barriers to employment they face.

Resource 3: Leveraging TPM to Achieve Better Outcomes for Opportunity Populations—This resource describes how to use TPM to improve employer engagement with OPSOs and therefore achieve better outcomes for opportunity population talent.

Each resource guide offers recommended actions with questions to consider.