AMERICA, 2021.
WHERE WE CAN ALL REACH OUR FULLEST POTENTIAL.
 

THE AMERICA WORKS INITIATIVE

Helping your company and our country
solve our workforce challenges


America is facing a double-dose of workforce challenges: There are too many people without jobs. And there are too many jobs without people to fill them.
 
The result: Too many businesses that can’t grow, compete, and thrive. And too many workers who can't realize their American dreams. 
 
Through the America Works Initiative, we’re working to solve these issues. We're helping employers like you across the country develop and discover the talent you need.

TRAINING SPECIALTY NURSES.

SAVING $10,000 ON ALL NEW HIRES.

Using the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management strategies, the Hospital Workforce Collaborative in Arizona teamed up with local community colleges to create an education and training program that has graduated 300 nurses and led to savings of $10,000 per new hire.

Strengthen your talent pipeline

COLLEGE FOR MORE STUDENTS.

20 MILLION MORE.

The U.S. Chamber is pushing Congress to pass the College Transparency Act, which would help students make more informed, data-driven decisions and uncover and remove racial and socioeconomic inequities in higher education.

Read our letter to Congress

2,000 VETS.
300 COMPANIES.

UNBOUND POTENTIAL.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Fellows Program has hosted more than 2,000 veterans at 300+ companies, with an 85% hire rate. It’s time to get connected to a pipeline of military talent. 

Host a fellow from the military community

EXPANDING LEARNING.

AND THE WORKFORCE.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s T3 Network is comprised of more than 500 businesses and organizations working together to vastly improve education and workforce data. So we can empower individuals to better market their skills to employers.

See how data can grow your talent pool

MAKING DREAMS REALITY.

There are 600,000 Dreamers in the U.S. These DACA recipients were raised in the U.S. and now seek the right to live and work here, helping fill in-demand jobs. The U.S. Chamber is fighting to protect these Dreamers by passing the American Dream and Promise Act.

Send your own letter to Congress

THEY'RE HEROES.
THEY'RE HERE.
THEY'RE HIRED.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation has held more than 1,400 Hiring Our Heroes career events across every state, helping thousands of military veterans and spouses find new jobs. Our next stop: Why not your community?

Join or Host a Hiring Our Heroes Event

JOBS FILLED.
JOBS KEPT.
MONEY SAVED.

Consumers Energy in Michigan needed electric line and gas line workers. Today, they’re helping more local students develop new skills, saving $30,000 on each new job filled, and enjoying a 98% retention rate. Their secret? They've adopted the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management methodology. Just like you can.

Discover the proven methodology

GROWING AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL WORKFORCE.

Over one-million farm workers—vital to agriculture and to America—are currently living under the threat of deportation. The U.S. Chamber is urging Congress to protect these workers and make American farms more productive by passing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

Read our letter to Congress

THEY'RE HEROES TOO.

108,000 MILITARY SPOUSES, HIRED.

In partnership with employers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Starbucks, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program has helped secure 108,000 hiring commitments for military spouses.

Explore the Military Spouse Resources

"When you lead the world in talent, you lead the world in solutions. With a highly skilled workforce, there’s nothing business cannot achieve and nothing we as a nation cannot do."


SUZANNE CLARK
PRESIDENT AND CEO, U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THE TALENT YOU NEED IS HERE

Workers need jobs. Businesses need talent. So, every single day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is helping workers develop the skills they need to succeed and helping companies discover and develop the talent they need to grow, compete, and thrive. We can help you, too.

Which programs or solution can best help your company? 
Start by asking: Have you considered… 

 

Developing the talent your industry needs.

 

Since 2015, through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative, we have helped more than 2,000 employers partner with educators and economic development leaders to help make sure tomorrow’s workers are developing just the right skills to meet employer needs — and in the process, we're making sure those employers have the talent they need to compete, grow, and thrive.    

 

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HOW AN ENERGY FIRM BUILT A TALENT PIPELINE

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HOW KENTUCKY IS BUILDING TALENT PIPELINES

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HOW HOSPITALS TEAMED UP TO TRAIN 300 NEW NURSES

 

New ways to finance education and training.

 

Hello, new workers.   

 

We're reimagining how America finances and invests in the development and upskilling of a competitive workforce. In partnership with leading thinkers and doers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Greater Houston Partnership, SHRM, Education Finance Council, Social Finance, and National Association of Workforce Boards, the U.S. Chamber Foundation launched, Talent Finance.  

It's a new approach to paying for education and skills training to create more opportunity, more inclusion, more jobs, for more people.   

 

 

 

The right message. 
For the right people. 
For the right jobs.  

 

Through a network of more than 500 organizations, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s T3 Innovation Network and Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx) are using the latest tech and data to better match the right people with the right jobs.

Building off of the T3 Network’s efforts in creating seamless data sharing of a candidate’s skills and competencies, JEDx is developing new public-private standards for job descriptions, job postings, and employment data.   

 

Adding workers by removing barriers.
 

A candidate may be good fit for a job, but barriers to employment like childcare,  transportation and receiving training and development could stop talented candidates from taking a job.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation partners with leading organizations to identify and remove these barriers — benefiting workers and businesses in every sector.  

 

 

 

The talent is out there.
If you know where to look. 

 

Since 2011, more than 617,000 veterans and military spouses have found employment through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program. Through world-class hiring events, digital programs, and fellowships, HOH connects companies with the military community to discover heroic talent. 

 

Second-chance job seekers.

First-rate employees. 

 

More employers are providing inmates and ex-offenders the training and support they need to re-enter the workforce. Building these pathways for the formerly incarcerated can help not only those individuals, but also your company in addressing its workforce needs.

Click below to read the business case for second chance hiring and see how other companies have found first-rate employees by giving a second-chance.

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OUR POLICY:
MORE WORKERS.
MORE JOBS FILLED.
MORE SUCCESS.

 

Every day, from the halls of Congress to state capitals across the nation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fighting for government policies that will help more workers find jobs and help more employers find talent. 
 
Through the America Works Agenda, we’re turbocharging these efforts — and we invite you to join us. Call on your elected leaders to take action to help America’s workers and employers by closing the skills gap, growing our country’s workforce, and keeping our economy strong.

 

THE AMERICA WORKS AGENDA WILL:

 


Invest in innovative, employer-led workforce training programs to better prepare workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow


Fund public-private partnerships at the state and local level that help develop talent based on in-demand jobs and skills in that region

Bridge the communication gap between employers and job seekers by modernizing education, employment, and earnings records 

Reform our nation’s broken, outdated immigration laws to better meet employer needs, attract the brightest from around the world, and fill gaps in the labor market  

Remove barriers to entering the workforce by expanding childcare access and "second-chance" hiring 

Give American workers and employers new tools to invest in education and maintain their skills

 
And much more... 
 

A NATIONAL CRISIS.
BY THE NUMBERS.
 

Why does it feel like it’s harder than ever to find workers to fill open jobs?
Because it is.

 

We analyzed more than two decades worth of federal jobs and employment data and conducted surveys of industry associations and local and state chamber leaders across the country to examine the current state of the American workforce and the scope of the challenges employers and workers are facing. 

Discover some the underlying problems behind the problem, find our which states and industries have been hit the hardest, and hear from some of the top local business leaders and industry economists from around the country.

EXPLORE THE FINDINGS

 

WE'RE HERE TO HELP.
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