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Charged with creating a strong, sustainable future for business and communities across North Carolina, the NC Chamber Foundation is tackling the workforce challenge head-on by expanding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) program within the state. This nationally recognized program has helped businesses in multiple sectors transform their workforce pipelines, and our team is excited to bring it to North Carolina.

TPM is a demand-driven, employer-led approach to close the skills gap by building pipelines of talent aligned to dynamic business needs.

The process starts with the TPM Academy, where state and local chambers, business associations, economic development agency leaders, and employers are trained in the framework’s six strategies to drive partnerships with education and training providers. Trained facilitators then utilize supply-chain management principles to follow the framework, resulting in a more data- and performance-driven approach to improving these partnerships.

The 16 graduates of the first NC TPM Academy (2019) are local leaders from chambers of commerce, workforce and economic development boards, business, and education who are now establishing employer-led collaboratives in manufacturing, health care, construction, life sciences, and software development. The NC Chamber Foundation sponsored seven North Carolinians for the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s virtual TPM Academy (2020 and 2021).

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The Process: The purpose of the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy is to train up to 25 individuals in the utilization of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management program. The Academy will help create a new generation of workforce development leaders throughout the state.

The TPM Academy is a specialized training, facilitated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, for business, education, and community leaders to learn to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on industry need.

The training is supported by a customized curriculum and accompanying web tool that serves as an employer handbook and gives participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement talent supply chain solutions on behalf of their employer collaborative members.

For questions, please contact Andrew Meehan.

Application Requirements

The TPM Academy of North Carolina application is in two parts: an initial interest form and a secondary application with essay questions. By completing this interest form, applications indicate that they would like to proceed with their application for the TPM Academy of North Carolina and understand that they will be emailed the essay questions to complete before their chosen application deadline.

Additionally, applicants must submit a statement of support from the CEO of their organization. Requirements for the statement of support will be emailed to applicants after they submit the interest form.