SHRM22 Panelists: The U.S. Needs a Stronger Education-to-Employment Pipeline

SHRM22 Panelists


SHRM22 Panelists The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) convened leaders in public policy and higher education on the opening day of the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2022 (SHRM22) for a conversation on the need to strengthen and expand the education-to-employment pipeline–a vital component of efforts to mitigate the challenges of the Great Resignation, improve the livelihoods of workers, and close the skills gap.

The U.S. Needs a Stronger Education-to-Employment Pipeline

Congressman Troy Carter, D-La. Former congressman, as well as SHRM members Bradley Byrne, R-Ala. the Strayer University president Andrea Backman, and SHRM Chief of Staff and Head of Government Affairs Emily M. Dickens shared ideas about how employers can work with educators and government to prepare workers, students, and job seekers to meet the requirements of the workplace of today during a seminar called “E-Squared Education to Employment: Building an Environment for Development of Talent that works for all.”

“With more than 11 million jobs available across the United States HR employees and employers of all sizes and industries are aware of the difficulties of attracting to, keeping, and building an efficient group of employees,” said Dickens, the moderator on the panel. “With the mismatch in the market for labor and the slow progress in the immigration overhaul, it is possible to anticipate to see continued spending by states and the federal government to develop the workforce. HR must collaborate with educators and policymakers to ensure that these efforts help people get to work.”

The U.S. Needs a Stronger Education-to-Employment Pipeline

Backman who served as Strayer’s chief employability officer has said that colleges must be more proactive in ensuring that students who aren’t tapping into the talent pool can access the resources they require to look after their family members and their own physical and mental health.

“Employers and educational institutions, as well as workforce development boards, must collaborate to tackle these issues,” said Backman. “They have to connect students, not just with employment opportunities but also with the resources they require.”

Carter who is a graduate and instructor of Xavier University in New Orleans urged employers to offer paid internships and opportunities for students the opportunity to work alongside professionals and help youngsters who are struggling.

“We require more individuals to step up and affirm, ‘You can do it, and here are the steps to follow,'” said Carter, who advised mentors to speak honestly about their shortcomings. “We require more opportunities for people to talk about the mistakes they made, not just the things they did well. We must be the surrogate parent to assist them in lifting the person.”

Byrne who is currently the leader of The Mobile Chamber of Commerce in Alabama stressed the necessity of HR professionals being involved with officials from economic development.

“The most common question we receive from those who are discussing moving their business to Mobile is”Can you offer workers that you need?” said Byrne who was a former member of the Alabama State Board of Education and chancellor of Alabama’s 2-year college system. “Our groups must be paired closely with SHRM so that we can prepare for the future workforce.”

SHRM22 is on display from today until July 15 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Its theme will be Cause the Effect, encouraging HR and business leaders to be bold in bringing about the changes they would like to be able to see within the workplace.

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