WorkforceChicago’s primary goals are to:
According to a survey by consulting firm Towers Watson, only 37% of employers said their employees understood how their workplaces could influence their career development. What’s more, employers cited the lack of career advancement opportunities as the number one reason they believe their employees would leave their current positions. Employees, in that same survey, cited lack of career advancement opportunities as the second-biggest reason why they would leave their jobs.
Multinational firm Aon and senior living company Vi are two employers leading the way in career advancement through educational and internal training opportunities. In December 2013, the companies were recognized for their efforts in the Chicago-area by WorkforceChicago – a CAEL-sponsored regional business coalition – with the Exemplary Practices in Employee Learning & Development Award for best representing its Nine Exemplary Practices philosophy. WorkforceChicago also presented Alex Xie, an actuarial associate with Aon, and Christine Bernal, Vi’s director of nursing, with its 2013 Exemplary Learner Award for being best examples of employees utilizing company-sponsored education and training resources to propel their professional development.
• Recognize, honor, and disseminate exemplary practices in employee learning and development.
• Build awareness and understanding of regional workforce development issues.
• Articulate priorities and effective learning and development models.
• Mobilize business leaders and other stakeholders committed to making change happen.
• Strengthen relationships between businesses, higher education, and the public sector.
"If Chicago builds a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, the businesses and jobs of the future will beat a path to our city.” – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel