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Workforce Partnership Initiative

The Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI) is a CEO-led initiative created by the Business Roundtable to increase the skills and diversity of America’s workforce and fill open jobs in growing industries around the country. The WPI will establish partnerships with education and community leaders to align local business needs with the development of career pathway programs.

Regional Initiatives

Map of Regional Initiatives

To address persistent skills challenges and drive economic growth, Business Roundtable is leading a new multi-city effort to develop talent and best-in-class training aligned with the needs of growing businesses in those communities. To create increased economic opportunity, Business Roundtable recognizes the pivotal role business must play on the issue of skills and talent.

More than 30 CEOs from leading U.S. companies are partnering with local colleges and universities in several U.S. regions to fill high-demand jobs in STEM-related fields such as cybersecurity and data analytics, and in skilled trade positions such as technicians, machinists and welders.

Student learning in front of computer
Student learning in front of computer

Through regional public-private partnerships that accelerate best-in-class workforce readiness programs, the WPI will take action on four significant workforce skills challenges:

  • Boosting fundamental workforce readiness skills, including basic math, reading, and problem-solving skills;
  • Increasing STEM skills within America’s workforce and growing the number of job candidates who are qualified for the jobs of today and tomorrow, including in the high-demand fields of cybersecurity, data science, engineering and computer science;
  • Growing the number of workers who have specialized skills needed to fill trade positions such as machinists, welders, electricians and sheet metal workers; and
  • Engaging, training, and employing women, minorities, veterans, and other populations who are under represented in STEM occupations and digital jobs of the new economy.

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