NAAEI Joins Business, Industry Groups to Close 'Skills Gap'

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ARLINGTON, Va. / Feb. 25, 2014 – The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) joined 20 other business organizations on Feb. 20 to share plans to ensure students and workers have the knowledge and skills they need to work in the modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and the Business Roundtable, the National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close the “skills gap.”

“As an inaugural member of the National Network, we are committed to working with other industry sectors to better communicate to education and training institutions and the people they serve exactly what skills are needed to succeed in jobs today,” said Maureen Lambe, CAE, NAAEI Executive Vice President. “With each industry sharing its talent development strategies and best practices, we stand to create a stronger, more skills-based workforce and new pathways for job seekers. Everybody wins.” 

“Businesses, educators and job trainers must align their efforts to make sure workers have the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable, an operational partner of the National Network. “Everyone here agrees that it is no longer enough to describe and quantify the gap. It is time to get to work to close it for good.”

U.S. employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find skilled candidates to fill open jobs, creating the “skills gap.” A June 2013 report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce projected that 2.6 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will need to be filled between 2010 and 2020, for example.

Lambe will chair a National Network team that will focus on the development of criteria and standards for industry credentials and a process for determining which credentials meet the criteria and standards.

The National Network represents major business sectors and is funded through a collaborative partnership of ACT Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Joyce Foundation and Lumina Foundation. Members include leaders in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, energy, construction, hospitality, transportation and information technology sectors. They represent the source of nearly 75 percent of projected U.S. job growth through 2020 (an estimated 30 million new jobs).

At Feb. 20th’s meeting, members discussed efforts to create a blueprint of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required for career success in core business sectors, define the standards for national credentials that validate those skills and identify successful models that integrate industry-recognized credentials into secondary and postsecondary education.

“It is encouraging to see the business community unify across industry and sector lines to produce actionable solutions to close the “skills gap,” especially with the power of the Business Roundtable behind them,” commented Parminder K. Jassal, Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation, which co-operates the National Network.

Inaugural Members of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations include:

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • American Land Title Association and ALTA’s Land Title Institute 
  • American Moving and Storage Association
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • American Welding Society
  • Center for Energy Workforce Development
  • CompTIA
  • Home Builders Institute
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • The Manufacturing Institute
  • National Apartment Association Education Institute
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills
  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • National Retail Federation Foundation
  • Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
  • TechAmerica/TechAmerica Foundation
  • Western Association of Food Chains

 

 

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The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education and research arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders.