We get asked a lot of questions about TPM and the TPM Academy, so we have rounded up the most common and hope you find them helpful. 

What is Talent Pipeline
Management® (TPM)?

A demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing
the skills gap. Utilizing supply chain management
principles, employers play an expanded leadership
role as “end-customers” of education and workforce
partnerships. The TPM® framework is composed of
six strategies that, when implemented in a particular
sequence, make for a talent supply chain approach.
Each strategy is designed to build off one another and
support employers in developing a more data- and
performance-driven approach to improving education
and workforce partnerships.

Learn more about the history of TPM®

What is the
TPM Academy®?

The TPM Academy trains business, workforce, economic development, and education leaders on the TPM framework, a demand-driven strategy to create career pathways for students and workers with talent pipelines aligned to dynamic business needs.

The TPM Academy equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement talent supply chain solutions that create shared value for students, workers, education and training partners, and employers using our custom TPM Academy curriculum.

In addition, the corresponding TPM web tool activates the six TPM strategies to streamline data collection and visualization for talent supply chain partners. 

How much does the
TPM Academy cost?

The TPM Academy curriculum is available online at no cost.

An individual interested in participating in a TPM Academy via our online learning platform can enroll at any time for $2,000 or if they would like to participate in weekly live learning sessions with trained TPM faculty, they can enroll in a cohort for $2,500.

If an organization or community is interested in hosting a TPM Academy, we encourage you to read the TPM Orientation and contact the U.S. Chamber Foundation to request a Coordinator Toolkit and discuss the parameters for hosting a TPM Academy.

What is an employer collaborative?

  • A group of businesses (no fewer than three) coming together to solve a common or shared workforce problem.
  • Bolstered by management support provided through a host organization.
  • Organized and managed to maximize responsiveness to employers as end-customers and deliver an employer return on investment

Employer collaborative members submit data to the host organization. While all companies will be able to see their own data, all other data is shared only at the aggregate level.

Is TPM right for you?

TPM may be a good fit if you are an employer requiring a talent pipeline solution that can produce a skilled workforce in two years or less, addressing a workforce need that requires additional training between two and four years, or building upskill pathways for incumbent workers to promote them to destination jobs. TPM may also be a good fit if you are an education, workforce, or economic development partner that wants to repurpose employer engagement beyond an advisory capacity, or better align programming to produce more streamlined, employer-led career pathways.

Who participates?

The TPM Academy training serves all partners that make up the talent supply chain. This includes conveners of employers from business-facing organizations such as state and local chambers, business association, and workforce and economic development agency leaders, employers, as well as education, training, and service organizations.

How long does it take?

In-person TPM Academies are traditionally facilitated through four to six in-person or virtual meetings over several months with instruction provided by the U.S. Chamber Foundation and practitioners recognized as TPM Academy faculty.

Online TPM Academies that include live learning sessions typically take 10 to 12 weeks. Those who participate in the On Demand learning journey can complete the TPM Academy on their own time, with about X hours of seat time. Technical assistance is offered throughout and after the TPM Academy, no matter the facilitation method.

To execute the six TPM strategies, it can take anywhere from eight months to two years.

How do participating employers benefit?

Employers can accomplish more by working together in addressing their most critical workforce needs. Collaboratives activate stronger brand recognition, clearer communication, shared expertise, improved leverage for getting results, and added value for smaller employers by providing needed capacity and leverage.

How do education and workforce partners benefit?

Education and training providers receive more actionable information on employer demand, including skill and credentialing requirements, and improve job placement and employment outcomes for learners. Workforce partners gain access to more granular labor market information, and as a result, improved access to work-based learning opportunities, information on employer ROI, and performance on federal and state program metrics.

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