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    Washington, D.C. 20001
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    Amanda DeBard
    Director
    adebard@brt.org

Membership Contact
LeAnne Redick Wilson
Senior Vice President
​lwilson@brt.org

    

What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

Working to Close the Skills Gap

Business leaders are all too familiar with the “skills gap” in the U.S. workforce. For example, more than 95 percent of surveyed Business Roundtable member CEOs indicated that their companies suffer from skills shortages. As the economy gets more complex and employment more technical, the gap between the skills employers need and those workers possess must narrow.

Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation co-lead the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to tackle this challenge head on. By bringing together organizations that lead businesses, represent specific sectors of the economy and develop certification standards for workers, business leaders are taking a major step forward in closing the skills gap.


The National Network leverages the work of these organizations to develop solutions to a common challenge: finding skilled talent to fill open jobs. Its membership represents the primary sectors of the U.S. economy, which make up the source of nearly 75 percent of projected job growth by 2020 (an estimated 30 million new jobs). With funding support from ACT Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Joyce Foundation and Lumina Foundation, the National Network’s goal is to permanently align learning with solid employment opportunities and life success.

Tools for employees and employers are here.

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The National Network is working to bridge the "skills gap" by clarifying the skills, training and credentials employers are looking for; improving the learning opportunities associated with those qualifications; and defining pathways to careers in their industries.

AREAS OF FOCUS INCLUDE

  • Developing the blueprint of knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in today's and tomorrow's jobs and careers;
  • Defining the attributes of quality, valid industry cretentials;
  • Expanding business-led work-and-learn models;
  • Increasing 21st century competency-based human resource practices; and
  • Expanding awareness of, and participation by, students and workers in work-and-learn pathways.

“Business, educators and job trainers must align their efforts to make sure workers have the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Everyone here today agrees that it is no longer enough to describe and quantify the gap. It is time to get to work to close it for good.”

John Engler, President, Business Roundtable

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