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Business-Driven. Solution-Oriented.

Responding to the urgent workforce needs of our state’s employers and focusing on North Carolina’s future talent supply, the NC Chamber Foundation launched the business-driven Institute for Workforce Competitiveness in March 2022. North Carolina and the nation face workforce challenges, changes, and opportunities. The states that successfully address these issues will be best positioned for economic competitiveness.

The strength in the NC Chamber Foundation is its access to the very employers facing workforce challenges every day. With the formation of the Institute for Workforce Competitiveness, the NC Chamber Foundation will advance the quantity and quality of the state’s workforce.

The Institute of Workforce Competitiveness is advancing long-term strategy and policy on workforce and talent-related issues in three ways.

Drive talent outcomes – The Institute is building coalitions with key partners to deploy the best-in-class workforce solution, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), across North Carolina for key industries. This critical work will build leadership capacity to develop and implement transformative workforce solutions and partnerships at state and local levels.

Show and share what is working – The Institute is engaging employers, educators, and workforce experts statewide to spotlight solutions for current workforce challenges: how businesses are building talent pipelines, collaborating with educators to close skills gaps, and strategically planning for workforce needs. The Institute will then determine how these proven solutions can be adopted and adapted across North Carolina’s communities.

Promote data-driven, future-focused policies – The Institute is identifying and will recommend policy innovations that are directly responsive to business demands, emphasizing efficient and effective measures that increase the quality and quantity of North Carolina’s workforce.

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