NEC Publishes Directory of Higher Ed-Industry Partnerships

Directory Highlights Regional Efforts to Develop Talent Pipeline

The New England Council is pleased to share with you the first edition of “Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline: Directory of New England Higher Education & Industry Partnerships.” The directory details examples of models used in New England to connect students and employers in order to strengthen our regional workforce. The programs in this directory demonstrate ways that employers can collaborate with institutions of higher education to provide a develop the talent pipeline, benefiting students, employers, schools, and the community. As educators, employers and community leaders wrestle with how to best prepare students for a successful career, these innovative models are being put to the test around our region to ensure that education meets changing demands.

For the New England economy to continue to grow and for our region’s businesses to compete globally, employers of all types and sizes are dependent on a skilled workforce. In addition to traditional classroom training, educators and employers alike have embraced partnerships that bring together industry and higher education to work collaboratively to prepare students for career success. The New England Council has worked with our members to collect information on partnerships that are designed to develop a skilled talent pipeline and provide a mutual benefit to both students and businesses. These partnerships go beyond the traditional internship model to provide a variety of experiential learning opportunities, to develop curriculum that will best prepare students for future job opportunities, and to develop pipelines for post-graduation employment.

The Council hopes that this directory will be a useful resource to policymakers and other stakeholders, and will encourage employers and educational institutions to continue to pursue and expand partnership initiatives that develop our region’s talent pipeline.

The directory is available in the Reports & Publications section of this website and will be updated periodically as we learn of new partnerships in the region.  If you have programs that you think could be included in future versions of this directory, please contact Taylor Pichette.

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