Talent gives our state a competitive edge.

In Massachusetts, 45% of residents over 25 hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest of any state. Employers here cite preparing, attracting, and retaining a diverse, skilled talent pool as a top priority. But the changing workplace, especially the rise of remote work, could diminish our region’s crucial advantage.  

Employers seek diverse talent, recognizing that it improves their work and adds value to the bottom line but racial disparities in post-secondary credentials limit the talent pool. Career pathways that open opportunities to students with different backgrounds, including those that involve experiential learning, credentialling, and vocational training, are a piston in the inclusive economy engine.  

At the Chamber, we aim to strengthen our advantage by tapping into the entire talent pool.  

Keying Into Our Untapped Talent

 Essential Skills
 Essential Skills

Create a pathway toward essential skills development for all students, including a credential recognized by employers.

 Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning

Create opportunities for experiential learning, like apprenticeships that lead to permanent positions with upward job growth.

CVTE
CVTE

Increase the state’s capacity to provide Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE).

Link Education and Employers
Link Education and Employers

Connect higher education institutions and employers directly to align the pipeline with needs.

Massachusetts Apprentice Network
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