Benefits of Becoming a Partner
The Career Pathways approach offers an effective and appropriate vehicle for employers to help build and retain their future workforce. The model is a direct response to the need to better prepare the workforce of the 21st century. Employers report increasing mismatch between the skills required for entry into their industry and those of the emerging workforce.
Participation in Career Pathways initiatives helps build awareness of the employer’s role in the community and offers a public relations benefit to industry partners. By opening their place of business to students and young adults and providing high-value Work-Based Learning opportunities, employers are able to expose the community to their business and industry and benefit from productive work.
Employers can observe potential future employees in a “long-term interview” context and participate in shaping their future workforce. Students and young adults also provide access to a customer resource and point of view. An employer’s existing workforce benefits from more productive and engaged employees and by offering leadership and supervisory skills development opportunities to its current workers. Participation provides an opportunity for companies to support and help develop a highly skilled and productive future workforce. It builds awareness in the community of the employer’s role in the local economy and offers a public relations benefit.
Ways to Partner
Continue to Support Linked Learning:
- Speak to other employers: Other employers are the most influential and effective recruiters of their peers to encourage others to support Linked Learning in Oakland schools. Business leaders can speak from first-hand experience about the value of supporting Linked Learning.
- Speak to lawmakers: We need supporters of Linked Learning to speak to policymakers at both the local and state level to help expand Linked Learning opportunities. Businesses can stress how important Linked Learning is for the future of California’s workforce and economy. To help you talk about Linked Learning and reach lawmakers, the Linked Learning Alliance has developed a toolkit of materials and templates that you can use and customize as needed.