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SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Joins American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to Address Workers’ Education and Training Needs

February 14, 2019
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO, SHRM (Photo: Business Wire)

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 14, 2019--Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., who leads national initiatives on workforce development as the president and chief executive officer of SHRM — the Society for Human Resource Management — is among top executives named to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO, SHRM (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our ability to skill up workers deeply impacts our long-term economic prospects and global competitiveness,” Taylor said.

“The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board is where government, business and education come together to address the urgency of the skills crisis,” he said. “Collectively, we can identify solutions to better prepare individuals for today’s jobs and ensure workers are ready for the demands of tomorrow.”

SHRM, the voice of all things work, represents 300,000 members who impact the lives of 115 million workers every day. In new research from SHRM, two-thirds of managers and executives described the state of the workforce as experiencing a talent shortage and:

  • 83 percent of HR professionals said they had difficulty recruiting suitable job candidates in the past 12 months.
  • 52 percent of HR professionals said the skills shortage has worsened in the past two years.

“With 7.3 million job openings and most employers having difficulty recruiting skilled workers, it’s time to forge a better alliance between education and employment, invest in workforce training and open our recruiting efforts to nontraditional pools of talent,” said Taylor, whose 25 years of experience in business, law and HR is accompanied by eight years in the field of education. “I will advocate for public policies that strengthen employer investment in workforce training.”

The advisory board, led by the secretary of commerce and the adviser to the president overseeing the Office of Economic Initiative, will make recommendations to the National Council for the American Worker on how to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to affordable, relevant and innovative education and training to equip them for success in the global economy.

SHRM was among the first to sign the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers in July, committing to educate and prepare more than 127,000 HR professionals through the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification programs over the next five years.

SHRM’s focus on workforce development also includes:

  • Advocating for more apprenticeship programs and the expansion of employer-provided education assistance to include student debt repayment.
  • Partnering with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) to link HR professionals in seven states with JAG programs in a mentorship pilot program working directly with youth.
  • Leading the Getting Talent Back to Work initiative, which encourages businesses to commit to considering hiring people with criminal backgrounds. To support this commitment, SHRM has published a resource toolkit for employers to advance their hiring practices.

MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview with CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., please contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and Kate.kennedy@shrm.org or Kennedy Barba at 703-535-6472 and Kennedy.barba@shrm.org.

Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries who impact the lives of 115 million workers every day. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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CONTACT: Kate Kennedy

703-535-6260

Kate.kennedy@shrm.orgKennedy Barba

703-535-6472

Kennedy.barba@shrm.org

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES TRAINING

SOURCE: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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