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The Bottom Line: Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center head selected to participate in national academy to address skills gap

Beth Davisson has been selected to serve as Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center.
Beth Davisson

Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center Executive Director Beth Davisson has been selected to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Management Pipeline Academy, seeking to develop a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role.

The Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy, supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds, will provide participants with a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network.

Davisson, who began heading up the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center in January, is one of the business leaders from 13 states to participate in the workshop looking to close the skills gap.

In the TPM Academy, Davisson will engage in curriculum designed to develop and certify talent supply chain skills and practices in communities that are ready and willing to take action in closing the skills gap.

“The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center is now one of the select few entities, across the nation, with access to the practices and support of the Talent Pipeline Management Academy. Bringing home the TPM tools and resources to Kentucky, places our state in an incredibly unique position to address employers most critical needs. Using TMP, we will engage with local business communities all over our state, and employers will lead the way, ensuring their most important workforce needs are addressed. The end result will be a prepared talent pipeline, funneling directly to our employer partners, and enabling Kentucky businesses to grow,” Davisson said.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the TPM model is designed to address the mismatch between outcomes of the current education and training system, which has resulted in employers nationwide trying to find qualified candidates for nearly 6 million unfilled jobs.

“In today’s rapidly changing economy, employer leadership in education and workforce training is vital,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. “The business community simply can’t rely on an outdated education system to prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century. To close the skills gap, business must lead. This is why we developed the TPM Academy—to give business leaders the practical training, tools, and resources necessary so they can take what they’ve learned and implement it in their local communities.”

For more information about the TPM model, visit www.TheTalentSupplyChain.org.

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