A strategic alignment between classroom and career.

Today, 50% of open, available positions in this country go unfilled, because the candidates aren’t available. Traditional education and career pathways weren't designed to develop skills for a fast-changing market or to match the speed of changing industry requirements. Today's economy requires a strategy that connects workers to the jobs employers are trying to fill. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. This approach:

  • Prioritizes alignment between education and workforce systems
  • Creates shared value for students and workers, education and training providers, and employers
  • Shifts employers into the driver's seat to proactively lead partnerships with talent providers
  • Equips business with the practical tools necessary to build an effective talent supply chain
  • Provides a systematic framework flexible enough to be pursued as its own initiative or to enhance the employer role in an existing initiative

TPM in Your State

TPM in Your State

Did you know TPM is active in over half the states in the U.S. and recently expanded into Canada?

Find out if TPM is active in your state. 

Use the map to learn what's happening in your state and who's leading the charge. 


The TPM Academy®

The Chamber Foundation worked with a board of advisors to develop a training curriculum designed to walk business-led organizations through the process of implementing TPM principles. Beginning in 2019, the curriculum is expanded to include training for employers looking to upskill an existing workforce. This training is called the TPM Upskill Academy.

The curriculum begins with TPM orientation, gathering appropriate stakeholders and generating buy-in for the process, and runs through all six TPM strategies, concluding with Strategy 6, post-implementation continuous improvement. 

LEARN ABOUT the academy

TPM Case Studies

The Greater Houston Partnership established UpSkill Houston to bring employers together and strategically expand the talent pipeline for the high-demand careers in industry sectors that are drivers of the region’s economy.

DTE Energy is working to address the skills gap, increase the quality of candidates for in-demand jobs, and build a sustainable pipeline of skilled talent through career path development and skilled trade training programs.

Vermont TPM

In Vermont, the needs of the business community are aligning with talent development by the education system by using TPM as a strategy for public-private partnership and sustainable growth for the state's key industries.

Arizona Healthcare

In Arizona, the healthcare industry is using TPM to organize employers, identify needs, and partner with education providers to create a sustainable model for hiring, upskilling, and retaining specialty nurses.

The National Learning Network

Growth of the TPM initiative has continued thanks to a national network of TPM leaders and champions who act as Peer Advisors to those businesses and states new to the process. In October each year we host a national workforce conference that brings these audiences together to discuss best practices, challenges, and successes. Members of this network advance to become faculty members for the TPM Academy and may advance further to become advisory TPM Fellows.

TPM Faculty & Fellows

For more information, please contact workforce@uschamber.com.