In the last few years, employers have begun to recognize the need to reach deeper into the talent pool to meet their talent needs. However, the supply falls far short of the demand for high-quality demand-driven programs that provide the core skills employers seek and skills of particular industries in specific sectors.
The urgent question today is how to go from a small number of promising programs to a cohesive field of young adult talent development at sufficient scale to both meet the needs of employers and satisfy the aspirations of young adults.
The leaders in the Young Adult Talent Development Network have enthusiastically endorsed the critical need at this moment to develop the field of young adult talent development so that effective practices become commonplace in communities across the country.
Our Young Adult Talent Development Network has developed field standards that community-based providers of training to young adults can use as guideposts for efforts to implement dual-customer approaches that meet the needs of both young adults and employers and also influence business practices and prepare young adults for a changing labor market.