February 28, 2023 – Future of Work

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Co/Lab: A new way to recruit, hire, and develop talent


Learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. It is a lifelong endeavor and because learning never stops, employers can play a role in helping individuals pursue their unique aptitudes and passions. To help employers embrace a culture of lifelong learning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) recently introduced Talent Pipeline Management Co/Lab, a major expansion of its Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative.

TPM first employed an in-person academy model to train business, workforce, and economic development leaders to create career pathways for students and workers into industries with significant demand for talent. Co/Lab is a new virtual platform that will make these academies available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, providing leaders with the tools to drive partnerships between employers and education and training providers. Support from the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and made the expansion possible. 

“Companies that help employees discover their unique aptitudes and develop career pathways based on who their employees are as individuals will create mutual benefit: Employers will find talent to fill open jobs and individuals will find greater purpose and satisfaction in their work,” CKF Executive Director Ryan Stowers said. “We’re excited to help bring TPM to more communities across North America.”  

TPM Co/Lab is the culmination of more than two years of research and development in partnership with the nation’s leading providers of digital education, user experience, and assessment and credentialing, including the Association for Supply Chain Management, Society for Human Research Management, and advisors in every sector of the economy.

More than 3,000 employers across the United States and Canada already are using TPM. Bringing the platform online will expand that number significantly.

“The need for talent in this dynamic economy has never been greater,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “For the last eight years, Talent Pipeline Management has given employers across the country a new way of working to recruit, retain, and hire employees more effectively. TPM Co/Lab will help accelerate the ability of employers to address this critical business need and aid in expanding career opportunity for learners and workers.”

Read the USCCF’s full announcement hereRead more about TPM Co/Lab. Click here and here to read more about CKF’s support for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.