|Thursday, May 5, 2016
From the President’s Desk: Pathways to Pipelines – The On-Ramp to a Skills Superhighway
Our members know that, to remain competitive, they need the right talent. In our Chamber Member Survey, 90 percent of them indicated “access to talent” as an issue that directly impacts the growth and success of their business.
But attracting and retaining the right talent requires the continual cultivation and expansion of a skilled and diverse workforce. It’s critical that small and mid-market companies help develop workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Utilizing interns, both high school and college students, is an excellent way to build this needed pipeline of valuable employees. Indeed, internships offer a new and significant ROI for employers.
What’s more, work-based learning programs strengthen the career potential of the young adults involved. According to a recent national survey, employers ranked the internship as the single most important credential for recent graduates to have on their resume.
But how to find these prospective interns and develop this promising talent?
Pathways to Pipelines is our strategy to connect opportunities—opportunities that facilitate work-based learning and skills development; opportunities that source talent for our business community; opportunities that educate employers about the “how-to” and benefit of internships.
So if you want to learn best practices from talent development experts about creating “win-win” internship experiences, you won’t want to miss our inaugural Pathways to Pipelines event.
Join us on May 24, from 8 – 10:30 a.m., at the Ivy Room, 12 East Ohio Street, for what promises to be a lively interactive program.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited the Chamber last week. In the course of our roundtable, he remarked that our nation needs to construct a “skills superhighway.”
Call Pathways to Pipelines our “on-ramp” onto this superhighway. RSVP today—and jump on!
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Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce