When America Works, Economies Grow, Opportunity Thrives, and Communities Prosper

In an economy that competes on talent, companies will compete on how well they are able to source, develop and retain talent. Learners and workers will compete on skills and the ability to be agile in a dynamic labor market. Communities too will compete on their ability to attract, develop, and retain a competitive workforce that will drive economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity. This is the challenge of our time, and we need a system that develop the talent needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

At the Center for Education and Workforce, we address the challenge of our time through our commitment to promoting innovative workforce development solutions. We achieve this by building employer-led, agile workforce development systems and programs.

Our workforce portfolio addresses all four dimensions of an agile workforce development system, including partnerships, data, investment, and quality.  Our initiatives include:

Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)

The demands of today’s economy require a strategic alignment between classroom and career.

The Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy for our time that can 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. Since inception, more than 3,000 employers across 44 U.S. states, D.C., and Canada, have implemented this strategy. Our TPM Academy® trains state and local leaders, business associations, employers, and economic development agencies to develop partnerships and implement TPM based on their specific needs.

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T3 Innovation Network

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

The T3 Innovation Network has grown to more than 500 organizations. This initiative brings business leaders, educators, and HR professionals together to change the way we provide, access, and use educational and workforce data by using advanced technologies like AI, blockchain, and others to create an open and decentralized public-private data ecosystem. Together, we are building the data and technology infrastructure to allow employers to signal the skills they need, for learners to signal what they can do, and for educators to signal what people are being trained and educated to do.


Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx)

Utilizing the latest tech and data to better match
the right people with the right jobs. 

The Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx) initiative will give real-time data about the labor market so employers know what jobs and skills are available and needed today. JEDx will streamline and improve how employers report data to government agencies, produce better longitudinal data about jobs and employment to power new workforce analytics while protecting privacy, and empower Americans with data and trusted records to verify their work history and eligibility for benefits.

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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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Transforming the talent marketplace by harnessing the power of employer-validated skills. 

JobSIDE, or Job Skills for In-Demand Employment, that will make it easier to find qualified workers based on candidate skills rather than credentials. Employers have long struggled to find current and reliable skills-data. There is a lot of available information about skills, but there has not been a scalable and trusted way to validate skills with employers in terms of which skills are required or preferred for actual jobs. JobSIDE is a suite of tools and applications that will generate thousands of openly available, employer-validated job skills profiles for the most in-demand jobs.


Employers Using TPM to Strengthen Their Talent Pipelines

Local First Arizona is developing an essential pipeline to train nursing talent in rural Arizona by leveraging partnerships to meet in-demand workforce needs. 

Kentucky Workforce Center

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center is bringing business, education, and workforce partners together to create high-quality, sustainable workforce solutions in Kentucky.