Leaders from two dozen Fortune 500 companies will convene in Chicago next month to discuss ways to improve the adult workforce.
The Oct. 4 meeting will focus on the most effective ways to ensure that more working adults obtain industry-recognized credentials or college degrees to fulfill job qualifications and to encourage the widespread adoption of business practices that support these efforts, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) President and CEO Pamela Tate said.
“Top leaders from companies including Hilton, Goodwill and UPS will be working together to increase postsecondary credential achievement for the nation's workforce,” she said. “At CAEL, we're constantly reminded that in the next decade, more than half of all American jobs will require employees with postsecondary credentials, and we are delighted that so many companies are embracing this initiative."
The Business Champions for Credential Completion initiative, administered by CAEL, includes top companies across the country representing a variety of industries such as agriculture, health care and retail. Through the initiative, Tate said members are sharing programs and best practices that encourage credential completion and demonstrating how this commitment helps their businesses grow and prosper.
"We have a skills supply and demand problem that is hurting businesses and our economic growth, and we must build and nurture a next-generation workforce and push for more adults to attain industry-recognized credentials and college degrees needed for tomorrow's jobs,” Tate said.