The HERE to HERE Business Council
The HERE to HERE Business Council was created to build a better talent ecosystem in New York City. Recognizing the need to equip students with relevant skills and experience so they can compete for jobs in the thriving NYC job market, HERE to HERE formed a coalition of employers to partner with educators to ensure that students are being properly trained for 21st-century jobs. In addition, employers are reconsidering their own hiring practices which may unnecessarily inflate job requirements and credentials and that preclude qualified job candidates from entering the talent pipeline.
Business Council Mission
We believe the education system must better prepare students for the jobs that exist today and the new skills that are needed to keep up with the evolution of work in the years ahead. With a clearer focus on career readiness, businesses and educators will respond to the changing skill demands of employers by creating solutions that better prepare students for meaningful jobs, and help to ensure companies have the talent they need today and in the future. Further, the education system must be able to accommodate lifelong learners –workers who must retrain to keep up with the changing skill needs of the workplace.
At the same time, companies can explore partnering together to create a broader talent ecosystem that develops new approaches to attracting, transferring, and retaining talent across a broader ecosystem and challenging historical standards of employment that may no longer apply.
We intend to influence New York City public K-12 schools, the City University of New York system, and the workforce ecosystem to better prepare students for educational, career and economic success through partnership, collaboration and mutual accountability.
The HERE to HERE Business Council takes a robust, multi-strategy approach to creating better talent matches. The Youth Apprenticeship and “Hire CUNY” Track are just two examples of this strategy.
The Youth Apprenticeship Track is a citywide movement to promote and embed youth apprenticeship as a systemic solution to hiring challenges. Businesses on the Council serve as the founding syndicate of companies that defines and implement an ROI-positive youth apprenticeship model, adapted from the highly successful model in Switzerland. In partnership with CareerWise Colorado, HERE to HERE supports the startup of CareerWise New York, an intermediary that works with employers, the NYC Department of Education, the City University of New York and other vital actors in this newly envisioned, transformative ecosystem. In this model, employers make a significant investment to deliver opportunities to train young people in cutting edge workplace skills while also gaining a positive return through the work contributions of the apprentices.
The “Hire CUNY” Track pilot utilizes the latest technology to hire and advance local entry-level talent while giving CUNY valuable feedback on how well students are matching to the skills demanded in the workplace. The pilot, launched in the fall of 2019, evaluates if AI assessments can help to encourage more students from CUNY to apply for available positions with Business Council member companies, diversify the applicant pool for entry-level positions (in terms of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, degree type, and other factors to be determined), and reduce employer bias in identifying potential talent.