A strong education system is crucial to preparing people for good jobs and bright futures and sustaining a 21st century workforce that can compete in the global economy.

The Chamber is focused on fixing shortcomings in our education system so that students emerge from our public education system prepared for college or a career; higher education is more accessible and affordable; employers can find workers with the right skills and qualifications; and our workforce will attract investment, drive growth, and spur innovation.

Projects and Programs


Our Priorities

The Chamber promotes access to affordable, high-quality education, career paths that lead to jobs, and workforce initiatives that create a more equitable talent marketplace and strengthen the American economy. 


Early Education, K-12 Education, and Child Care

  • Support the expansion of high-quality early education programs. 
  • Improve K-12 education through rigorous academics, accountability for performance, and choices for parents and families. 
  • Ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for the next step—whether college or career. 
  • Expand the availability of high-quality child care options.

Higher Education 

  • Support innovation in higher education while holding institutions accountable for their performance. 
  • Improve transparency to empower students, parents, and policymakers to make informed decisions. 
  • Improve financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, which work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.

Workforce Training 

  • Ensure that training and retraining programs are aligned with the needs of employers based on accurate and timely local labor market data. 
  • Support employer-led earn and learn opportunities, including apprenticeships. 
  • Incentivize more effective and efficient partnerships between education and workforce systems. 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseSep 27, 2019 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber is Encouraged by Steps Towards Passing a Comprehensive Higher Education Bill

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of The Student Aid Improvement Act.

EventSep 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Civics Forward event

Civics Forward

Join us September 27 for CIVICS FORWARD to discuss the future of civic education, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. We are bringing together leaders in business, education, and government to discuss how we can prepare the next generation for the awesome responsibilities they bear in a democracy.

Press ReleaseJun 18, 2019 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on White House's Workforce Advisory Board Meeting

“Looking to the future of our economy and our citizens, the U.S. Chamber remains fully committed to addressing the dual challenges of too many people without jobs and too many jobs without people."

ArticleMar 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
Discussions about the value of college need to focus on identifying the paths that enable students to make informed postsecondary choices

Bipartisan Coalition Reintroduces College Transparency Act in House and Senate

Conventional wisdom might say that Washington is too polarized for legislators of different political stripes to work together. Not so fast.

Press ReleaseFeb 13, 2019 - 10:00am

Administration Selects U.S. Chamber’s Donohue to Serve on American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

Board Will Help Craft a Workforce Strategy to Equip America’s Students and Workers with Skills They Need in Today’s Economy 

Above the FoldDec 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
USG and U.S. Chamber Commercial Construction Index for Q4 2018 remains at 75.

Optimistic Construction Companies Turn to Technology to Counter Workforce Challenges

The index remained stable at 75, meaning contractors continue to be optimistic about commercial construction market.

Above the FoldNov 05, 2018 - 9:00am
Illustration of office workers working around a table.

The Two-Gap Workforce Challenge

The skills and people gaps are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing their potential.

Above the FoldNov 01, 2018 - 5:30pm
Tom Donohue speaks at 2018 Talent Forward.

How to Shrink the Skills and People Gaps

By closing both gaps opportunity will flourish, the economy will grow, and people will prosper.

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness