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How To Build A Stronger Workforce? Hire for Skills, Not Schools

The Opportunity Divide in America is real, and it seems impossible to overcome. But employers who think differently about talent acquisition can both find stronger, more diverse talent pools and join the movement to close that Divide in our country. A few weeks ago I had the distinct honor of giving a keynote at the […]

Making The Case For Hiring Opportunity Youth

Three years ago, we set out with the Rockefeller Foundation to address a very challenging question: With nearly six million youth out of school and out of work (termed “opportunity youth”), how can our country address youth employment at scale? Getting there would require a strong business case to justify shifts in business practice. At […] Read More

How Competency-Based Programs Can Bridge the Skills Gap

Many of us have heard from colleagues that our country’s postsecondary institutions cannot keep up with projected growth in the middle-skill occupations. In fact, according to some projections, the United States will be facing a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020, and this is due to the fact that “education and workforce development institutions […] Read More

The White House Announces Employer Commitments To Help Young Adults Enter The Workforce

Earlier this week, President Obama announced that nearly 40 of the largest employers in the United States—including Walmart, Hilton, AT&T, and more—have signed on to the #FirstJob Compact. These companies have committed to take a look at their hiring practices—from recruitment to candidate assessment to how they train and support workers—to identify ways to connect […] Read More

How Grads of Life Is Supporting The President’s #FirstJob Compact

Grads of Life is delighted to share President Obama’s announcement today on the progress of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative and the new commitments made by the private sector to expand job opportunities for all of the nation’s young people. In February 2014, the President launched MBK, which called on communities to act to […] Read More