Connecting business to working learners
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) leverages the work of organizations that share 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% of projected job growth by 2020 (an estimated 30 million new jobs).
With support from multiple foundations, ACT Foundation and the Business Roundtable established the National Network to permanently align learning with solid employment opportunities and life success. Membership includes leaders in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, energy, construction, hospitality, transportation, business, and information technology sectors.
Opening doors by creating opportunities
The National Network seeks 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:
- setting national standards for industry credentials
- identifying cross-sector knowledge, skills, and abilities to make educational programming more effective and efficient
- expanding work-based learning
- changing HR practices so employers “hire for competency”
- creating more learning pathways that yield employment outcomes
The Business Advisory Council
The National Network’s Business Advisory Council comprises key national business organizations that include workforce and human capital development on their agendas. The Council provides advice and feedback to the National Network and offers opportunities to align complementary education and workforce development initiatives being pursued by these business advisory organizations.
The organizations represented on the Business Advisory Council are:
- American Chamber of Commerce Executives
- American Society for Training and Development
- Business Higher Education Forum
- Committee for Economic Development
- The Conference Board
- Council on Competitiveness
- Human Resource Policy Association
- International Economic Development Council
- National Skills Coalition
- Skills for America’s Future
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation