Connecting what America learns to how business works
Industries representing 75 percent of job growth by 2020 have come together to create a blueprint of knowledge, skills and abilities for students and workers to succeed in an ever-evolving economy.
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 of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) works to bridge this “skills gap” by better connecting the worlds of learning and work. We’ve brought together a cross-section of business and industry groups to help communicate to learning institutions the skills employers are looking for, as well as to help industries and employers adjust their hiring and business practices to focus on the competencies and skills workers have and are developing in today’s evolving economy.
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
Downloadable files (PDF format)
- National Network Fact Sheet
- National Network 5-Point Plan
- Common Employability Skills
- 21st-Century Apprenticeships
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
- Association for Talent Development
- Business Higher Education Forum
- Committee for Economic Development
- The Conference Board
- Council on Competitiveness
- Human Resource Policy Foundation
- International Economic Development Council
- National Skills Coalition
- Skills for America’s Future
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation