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Education and workforce systems in the United States are failing to keep pace with the changing needs of the economy, and employers are struggling to find skilled workers who can contribute to their companies’ growth and success. What we need is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment.

 
 
To that end, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is engaging employers and their partners across the country in developing a new demand-driven approach—talent pipeline management—to close the skills gap. Through extending lessons learned from innovations in supply chain management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation calls for employers to play a new and expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships. From there, employers can proactively organize and manage talent supply chain partnerships with measures and incentives tied to performance. 
 
Benefits from using talent pipeline management practices are numerous: a reduced skills gap and a better-prepared workforce for employers, improved partnerships and job placement outcomes for education and workforce partners, increased transparency and opportunity for students and workers, and higher returns on education and workforce investments for policymakers. Case studies show that this approach is already yielding positive results for all parties, so the time to scale up is now.
 
We call upon employers and all stakeholders to join the conversation and partner with us on this important work.