Report from the Talent Pipeline Challenge launch event with senior government officials, employers, union leaders, training providers and local leaders
Today, the Biden-Harris administration hosted an event to launch the Talent Pipeline Challenge, a program to help employers build education and training partnerships to connect American workers to good jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, our supply chains and our manufacturing. The vice president, first lady, cabinet members and senior administration officials are working to bring together major employers, trade associations, training providers, labor leaders and state and local governments to to create well-paying jobs for a diverse group of workers. The goal of the Talent Pipeline Challenge is to create and support programs that provide skills training and connect workers with in-demand jobs that will be critical to the completion of infrastructure projects, including those funded by the Bipartisan Presidential Act. on infrastructure.
National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, Senior Infrastructure Implementation Advisor and Coordinator, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, US Bailout Senior Advisor and Coordinator Gene Sperling, and Secretary at Work Marty Walsh organized the Talent Pipeline Challenge event at the White House. They were joined by leading employers, unions, training providers and industry associations. Today’s event showcased how the One Summer Challenge will bring together government, unions and labor leaders and highlight effective strategies and partnerships that deliver good jobs for all and equitable workforce development.
Administration officials thanked participants for being among the first to sign up for the Talent Pipeline Challenge and for serving as ambassadors who will work to bring other employers to the table. There was broad agreement that ensuring a reliable and continuous supply of skilled workers for infrastructure projects is essential and that due to the additional demand created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, Employers will need to expand their search to communities that have historically been excluded from hiring and training opportunities, including rural, tribal, and historically underserved communities. Administration officials closed the meeting by emphasizing that partnerships between employers and training providers will ensure that America has a well-trained, highly skilled and diverse workforce ready to strengthen security. economy of communities across the country.
Employers attending the event expressed their commitment to investments and partnerships in training. AT&T CEO John Stankey explained how the company’s relationship with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) supports their highly skilled workforce and how the launch of their innovative training program with Corning, a fiber maker, prepared workers for the broadband industry. Brian Stewart, CEO of The Superior Group, an Ohio electrical contractor, highlighted their efforts to work closely with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to train and obtain credentials for their employees in order to installing electric vehicle chargers as part of the electric vehicle infrastructure training program. (EVITP). Deryl McKissack, one of the owners of black woman-owned construction company McKissack and McKissack, discussed the importance of creating a pipeline for fair training and recruitment and how she is working to recruit more of people in underrepresented communities, with a focus on black women. , in the field of construction.
Agencies in attendance that help facilitate training, including community colleges and unions, highlighted the importance of their partnerships with employers. Union leaders from the AFL-CIO, IBEW, CWA and LiUNA stressed the importance of ensuring jobs are good quality union jobs, the value of job training programs that include supports to help underserved workers secure jobs in these sectors, and the importance of expanding pre-apprenticeships that are linked to registered apprenticeships as a pathway to middle-class jobs for workers from disadvantaged communities. Robert Holsten of Wilson Community College spoke about the college’s unique new partnership with utility Greenlight to train broadband workers. Mayor Purzycki of Wilmington, Del., praised the flexibility and timing of bailout funds to make key investments in training in-demand workers for key sectors, including infrastructure.
Attendees at today’s launch event included:
Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council
Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator
Carmel Martin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility
Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor
Gene Sperling, Senior Advisor to the President and US Bailout Coordinator
Ministry of Labour
Marty Walsh, Labor Secretary
Brendan Bechtel, CEO, Bechtel
Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
Deryl McKissack, President and CEO, McKissack & McKissack
Qiana Spain, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Amtrak
John Stankey, CEO, AT&T
Bryan Stewart, CEO, The Superior Group
Wendell Weeks, CEO, Corning
Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
Martin Durbin, Senior Vice President, Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO, USTelecom
Kenny Cooper, Secretary-Treasurer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Terry O’Sullivan, President, Workers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)
Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Chris Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Training providers and intermediaries
Kitten Green, Building Paths
Rusty Greiff, Chief Strategy Officer, Jobs for the Future
Robert Holsten, vice president of academic affairs at Wilson Community College (NC)
Jennifer Mefford, National Co-Chair, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP)
Steve Preston, CEO, Goodwill Industries
Jon Schnur, President and CEO, America Achieves
Andy Van Kleunen, Managing Director, National Skills Coalition
Jennifer Worth, Senior Vice President, Academic and Workforce Development, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Dr. Unique Morris Hughes, Washington, DC Department of Employment Services
Mayor Mike Purzycki, Wilmington, DE