The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia – Member Perspective: Malik Brown

Education is a fundamental solution that can be used to address both business and community needs. Employers across different product and service offerings have expressed a business imperative to create a more expansive definition of talent and to invest in non-traditional talent pools.

The beginning of the 21st century marked the acceleration of what economists call the Third Industrial Revolution. Digital technology and automation will continue to disrupt the job market and reshape the next generation of work across industries and communities, large and small. According to research conducted by the Walmart Foundation and the McKinsey Global Institute, current technologies alone could automate 45 percent of the time spent on activities that people are paid to do today.
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Lawmakers say Corpus Christi area students need to be prepared for workforce

State lawmakers and local business leaders on Wednesday championed the need for employers and schools to train students in skills that will keep the area’s economy thriving.

During a luncheon at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, officials discussed bills passed in this year’s legislative session that affect schools and the workforce.

They also discussed the results of a Bridging the Talent Gap survey that identified workforce challenges in the Coastal Bend; and the importance of the Port of Corpus Christi to the regional economy. Click here to read more.

CUNY Summit Examines the Most Effective Ways to Re-engage Adult Learners

Representatives of 17 institutions in the City University of New York (CUNY) system attended an Adult Learner Summit to discuss how to effectively address issues faced by adult learners.

Across the 25 institutions of CUNY, many students have jobs, family responsibilities and financial constraints. Some students take semesters off in order to deal with pressing issues in their lives, and some don’t return.

Since 2015, CUNY has accelerated efforts to engage New York City’s adult learner population and placed special focus on “stopouts,” people who’ve dropped out before completing their degrees. Strategies are being developed to make CUNY institutions adult-friendly and also facilitate re-engagement of stopouts so they can achieve degree completion. Click here to read more.

Chamber calls on members to help boost area education

Two-thirds of area employers don’t work with local educational or training organization outfits to skill up or recruit the talent they need. An additional 10 percent don’t know if they do.

That’s one of the key takeaways from a new workforce survey of 260 firms released by the St. Louis Regional Chamber at an event Thursday. And that has to change, said Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick.

“This is a supply issue,” he said. “We need more people to come to the door of educational institutions.” Click here to read more.

St. Louis-Area Employers Face Worker Shortage; Biggest Need In Science And Engineering

Although St. Louis has an unemployment rate below the national average, area employers are struggling to find candidates who meet their needs, according to a survey by the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The chamber on Thursday announced findings from the “Bridging the Talent Gap” survey. Among 289 respondents, 94 percent said they are hiring for full-time positions. However, 75 percent of them said they were finding it difficult to recruit certain positions — mostly requiring highly skilled workers. Click here to read more.

Talent gap survey results revealed in Albuquerque, NM

In January, Mission: Graduate convened local employers and representatives from higher education to share the initial findings from the 2018 Bridging the Talent Gap survey.

The survey was conducted in late 2018 and is intended to inform the community about hiring challenges and skill gaps in our central New Mexico region.

Bridgett Strickler and Dr. Dan Ash of Bridging the Talent Gap delivered the results to a group of about 100 employers who filled out the survey. In total, 126 employers, and 313 employees completed the survey. Click here to read more.

Nashville: Helping adults who need a marketable credential for today’s economy

Nashville, one of two dozen communities that have earned national recognition for their efforts to increase post-high school education and training, is seeing success with neighborhood “ambassadors” who guide people through the sometimes-bewildering educational system.

“In a lot of pockets of Nashville, if someone says, ‘I would like to go to college, but I don’t know how,’ there’s not someone to say, ‘Hey, I know a person who can help you,’” says Laura Ward, director of adult talent initiatives with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here to read more.