Workforce challenges are prevalent throughout the country, resulting in the fact that availability of a skilled labor force has become the top priority for companies looking to expand or relocate. According to a recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, approximately 49% of employers indicate that they are unable to fill open positions yet 50% of graduates are unemployed or underemployed. This skills gap is impacting the ability of companies to expand. GPCF is working collaboratively with employers, educators and community partners to develop solutions that better align needs with education and training to address identified skill gaps.
Source: US 2015 Manpower Survey
Construction; Cybersecurity; Financial Services; Health Care: Hospitals.
The workforce collaboratives were conceptualized through the Industry Leadership Councils of Phoenix Forward >>, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s economic development initiative. The work of the collaboratives is executed through the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation.