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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.  Learn more here about the gap and what companies are doing to close it.

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 Walmart 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.

  Download the Work & Learn Guidebook  

Getting to Work

The Business Roundtable and the National Network are 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.

“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
Guide for Employers: Work-and-Learn in Action

From modern apprenticeships to innovative on-the-job training, this new guide features 15 effective “work-and-learn” models. Real Stories. Real Employers. Real Results. 

The National Network of Business and Industry Associations, an effort co-led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, has produced a practical, actionable guide for employers that explains the nuts and bolts of work and learn, and delves into examples of real programs to understand why and how they work.

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