“Guiding leaders and their communities in creating a new jobs and skilled talent era”
The world is facing a novel talent problem at a global level. New ways of dealing with current economic challenges are needed. As Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University has asserted, “New approaches must be long-term, structural, sensitive to inequalities of skills and education, aligned with the need for more sustainable technologies, and congruent with demographic needs.”
Imperial’s Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs) develop new leaders and provide new approaches to solving the current structural employment crisis. Imperial seeks to involve business people, educators, union leaders, government officials, and community organizations in forming a new vision of how their regional talent development system will work.
RETAINs build bridges that connect people to jobs. RETAINs are created or expanded through a three-step AAA Process: AWARENESS — ALIGNMENT — ACTION.
Imperial believes that we can move regions beyond the current jobs crisis into a decade of increased opportunity through forming partnerships focused on developing the skills and education required for employment in a 21st-century global economy. This includes offering ongoing education/training updates to the current workforce and providing students with better educational foundations for the career areas of today and tomorrow.
With a focus on local and regional levels, Imperial shows how economic development is merging with talent development. Communities are realizing that it’s not good enough to embrace IT, green energy, health care, aerospace, and so on only by lowering taxes or maintaining a good physical infrastructure. Imperial contends if they haven’t developed a renewed talent pipeline connecting skilled people to these business sectors, they have nothing. “The only sustainable way,” stated Andreas Shleicher of the OECD, “is to grow our way out by giving more people the knowledge and skills to compete, collaborate, and connect.”
This is what Imperial is all about!