Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation receives grant from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to upskill Arizona

Greater Phoenix Chamber | March 6, 2019

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation  (the Foundation) received a grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to launch the Talent Pipeline Management™ (TPM) Upskill Academy of Arizona.

The Foundation is proud to receive this grant. We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the U.S. Chamber Foundation and see significant success utilizing the TPM™ model with our industry partners,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “Arizona is uniquely positioned to deploy a regional TPM Upskill Academy focused on closing the skills gap in mid-level positions across multiple industries.”

The grant provides funding to launch the first-ever TPM Upskill Academy in Arizona. This program will launch in April and consist of up to 30 participants from organizations across the state committed to applying the TPM curriculum, and launching successful and sustainable workforce collaboratives.

“Workforce development and strengthening talent pipelines in Arizona’s key industries is a challenge that requires industry-led, collaborative solutions,” said Sanders. “Upskilling and closing talent gaps is a statewide priority and our commitment to helping other organizations learn these skills will move all of us forward.”

The TPM Academy™ combines in-person and web-based trainings for state and local chambers, business associations, and economic development agency leaders to drive partnerships between employers and education and training providers based on industry need. The U.S. Chamber Foundation worked with a board of advisors to develop a training curriculum designed to walk business-led organizations through the process of implementing TPM principles. The curriculum begins with TPM orientation, gathering appropriate stakeholders and generating buy-in for the process, and runs through six TPM strategies, concluding with post-implementation continuous improvement.

“We are now entering a new phase of the TPM initiative where we will apply the proven TPM approach to help develop talent pipeline solutions and improve career pathway and upskilling opportunities for an incumbent workforce,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. “We are excited to partner with the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation on this next step for TPM, building on the great work they have already done to support and grow Arizona’s workforce.”

TPM Upskill Academy participants will gain the ability to implement supply chain solutions with their members and stakeholders, interact with close to 200 TPM Academy graduates, and access the TPM web portal, which activates the six TPM strategies to streamline data collection and visualization for employer partners.

“We look forward to working with organizations across Arizona to help develop workforce collaboratives that integrate TPM principles,” said Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation. “We believe that this model will support Arizona’s statewide economic prosperity.”

The Foundation will begin accepting TPM Upskill Academy applications on March 6. Applications must be submitted by March 27. Applicants will be selected and informed by April 3. Interested applicants are encouraged to come learn more at the Introduction to TPM on March 12th, and participate in the TPM Upskill Academy of Arizona informational webinar on March 15.

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About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation

Launched in 2016, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation carries out charitable and education objectives by conducting research, forming partnerships and hosting events focused on education, workforce development, wellness, and community development.

About the Greater Phoenix Chamber

Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, creating a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.

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