The future of work is already here, it is just unevenly distributed.

Companies will compete on innovation and talent like never before. Labor markets will become more dynamic, not less. Skill obsolescence will be a permanent risk. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and economic recovery will be long-term efforts. And technology will not only change work, but workforce development itself. At the Center for Education and Workforce we address these challenges by transforming them into opportunities, and this is done through promoting agility—agility through partnerships, data, and investment.


Talent Finance

A public-private approach to investing in talent to address the challenges and requirements of the new economy.

Current approaches to financing education and career readiness fail to meet the needs of the labor market. The Talent Finance initiative will explore new ways to invest in people and skills that keep pace with innovation and advance economic opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and competitiveness.

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Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)

An employer-led strategy to build real career pathways aligned to dynamic business needs.

The Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy helping regions across the country meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. It is a demand-driven, employer-led approach to close the skills gap that builds pipelines of talent aligned to dynamic business needs, so far engaging thousands of employers across more than half of the country and Canada.

The TPM Academy® trains state and local leaders, business associations, employers, and economic development agencies to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on need. This in-person training with a custom curriculum supports participants through the process with web tools, regular communications, and a strong network of partners. 


Job Data Exchange (JDX)

An open-data tool that will allow employers and HR vendors to communicate job requirements in real time.

A new open-data tool, the Job Data Exchange™ (JDX) is the vehicle employers need to move in a scalable, sustainable way towards competency-based hiring. The JDX™ will provide new standards for writing job descriptions and real-time access to dynamic hiring requirements data.

Students and workers will have access to accurate and up-to-date information regarding job requirements and will be able to match their skills to available positions. Employers and their education, workforce, and HR partners will be able to improve their searches for qualified candidates, engage in competency-based hiring, and effectively signal competency and credentialing needs to one another.


T3 Innovation Network

Modernizing the technology infrastructure for America's education and workforce data.

The T3 Innovation Network™ is comprised of more than 400 public and private stakeholder organizations from across the talent marketplace voluntarily working together to explore how to use emerging technologies to better align education, workforce, and credentialing data with the needs of the new economy. Their goals?

  • Make all learning count.
  • Make competencies the new currency.
  • Empower Americans with their data.

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.