Chamber calls on members to help boost area education

From STL Today

Two-thirds of area employers don’t work with local educational or training organization outfits to skill up or recruit the talent they need. An additional 10 percent don’t know if they do.

That’s one of the key takeaways from a new workforce survey of 260 firms released by the St. Louis Regional Chamber at an event Thursday. And that has to change, said Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick.

“This is a supply issue,” he said. “We need more people to come to the door of educational institutions.”

The survey, conducted by national organization the Graduate Network with a grant from the Walmart Foundation, is part of a Chamber effort to engage the private sector to take a bigger, bolder role in workforce development and higher education attainment.