A strategic alignment between classroom and career.

  • Keeping pace with the changing needs of the economy. 78% of hiring managers say the skills gap persists across industries. Employers need a talent strategy that will help them clearly communicate their most critical job needs to their partners in education.
  • Upskilling is no longer a nice to have. The TPM approach builds external pipelines—adequately preparing talent that has yet to walk through the door—as well as long-term strategies for backfilling, upskilling, career pathway development, and succession planning.

Top benefits of TPM include:

  • Built on industry best practices
  • Authentically employer-led
  • Generates granular, actionable data on employer demand
  • Provides a structured process for collective action and decision making
  • Engages the full spectrum of talent sourcing providers
  • Creates shared value, competitiveness, and accountability
  • Focused on employer ROI

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.