A campaign to help employers, employees, learning providers and other community stakeholders understand and meet the challenges of ensuring a skilled and educated workforce. One community at a time, campaign sponsor, The Graduate! Network leads a national effort to increase college completion among adults, and Bridging The Talent Gap is our employer and employee engagement strategy.
Why Bridging the Talent Gap?
The Graduate! Network catalyzes communities and systems around the interests of individual aspirations and goals in the collective movement toward full education and economic equity. Bridging the Talent Gap is our proven approach to activate employers – and the nearly $1 Trillion they invest in education and training each year – in support of this essential agenda.
WHAT EMPLOYERS SAY
- Employers are substantially more likely to recognize applied skill mastery for labor pool with 4-year degrees
- Relatively small number of employers currently partner with higher education institutions but large percent (typically >75%) are interested in creating partnerships
- Percent of employers who offer tuition assistance is substantially smaller than estimates based on national data collection (50 – 60% BTTG versus typical report of 70 – 80% in national research)
- The need for increases in professional/industry-based credentials is equal to 4-year degrees as the most anticipated need in coming years
- Employers seldom say local colleges/learning institutions do not produce qualified job candidates
WHAT EMPLOYEES SAY
- Workers currently completing coursework cite three concerns: finances, work-education scheduling conflicts, education interference with family responsibilities;
- Interference with work or education responsibilities not as prominent as we anticipated
- Employees are substantially less likely to know about or acknowledge efforts made by employers to support education and learning
- Those who do not pursue credentials are highly likely to consider education as useless/unnecessary in furthering their career or compensation
- Workers say more time to pursue education and more information are the most sought after types of support from employers