NJ Business Leadership Network Presentation

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NJ Business Leadership Network Presentation

  1. 1. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Overview of a Partnership
  2. 2. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Background  New Jersey Chamber of Commerce  Represents business community.  Board of 70+ CEOs, presidents of state’s most prestigious large and small companies.  Consistently among top three issues (state/national):  Lack of qualified workforce  NJ Chamber established the Chamber Foundation  Mission: Workforce
  3. 3. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation NJCC Foundation Three areas of interest:  Nursing Shortage  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative.  Workforce pipeline: K-12 schools.  LearnDoEarn – curriculum that speaks to students and results in improved performance.  Employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities.  Will define later.
  4. 4. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Biz Status  New Jersey  Once ranked in 24th place on best places to do business lists  Now hovers at 49th  C-suite survey of members indicated that over 93% do not plan to move out of the state  Reason: New Jersey has the workforce they need
  5. 5. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Better with Age?  But what workforce?  The BABY BOOMERS!  Most educated generation ever produced.  When retired, average national salary will drop by 15%  Heavy impact on tax base and therefore impact on school budgets, social services, etc.  Most educated workers ever are retiring just at point when fewer skilled workers are being produced  Technology makes the entire world every child’s competition
  6. 6. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Changing Skills  Why is this happening?  Technology eliminates low skill jobs.  Toll takers replaced by?  Telephone operators replaced by?  Bank tellers replaced by?  Receptionists replaced by?  High-skill jobs at risk as well.  Doctors replaced by?  Engineers (95% in Asia)  Technology makes every person in the world competitors in access to college and available jobs.
  7. 7. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Even Now  Only 20% of employers will hire individuals with only high school diplomas.  Over 84% of jobs available in next decade will require college degree.  Over 90% of fastest growing jobs will be middle skills jobs requiring REAL high school diploma and industry certification or Associate’s Degree.  Minimum ticket to middle class – annual salary of $40,000 for family of four.  Gateway to non-remedial county college course work is Algebra I.
  8. 8. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  9. 9. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Other Countries  In 2005, over 70,000 American students participated in the Westinghouse Science Fair.  In that same year . . . 0ver 6,000,000 Chinese students participated in the same event.
  10. 10. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Workforce Impact  Utility company needed to fill dozens of linespersons jobs.  $40-50,000 per year with benefits, internal promotion, tuition plan, with overtime up to $60,000 - $80,000 per year.  Conducted five job fairs across New Jersey in urban areas.
  11. 11. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation One Company  Educational requirement: high school diploma.  First gateway to job – high school diploma . . harvested 550 recent high school graduates.  Second gateway to job . . . . Aptitude test math at the seventh grade level.  Results:
  12. 12. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation One Company  50% of applicants (275) – all high school graduates – could not pass seventh grade math test.  Third gateway to job:  Standard employment checks:  Drug Test  Criminal Background  Credit Check  Reference Check  Result . . .
  13. 13. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation One Company  Of the original 550 applicants, only TWO were admitted to apprenticeship program.
  14. 14. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Impact on PWD  Highest drop-out rates in high school.  Confront amazing challenges in accessing higher education.  Unemployment rates average 9.5% in recession.  3% people with college degrees  19% people with no college  PWD historically have highest unemployment rates.
  15. 15. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation What We Can Do  Alert young PWD that education counts more than they think.  Make sure all PWD – and their families and service providers – understand that production trumps disability every time.  Bring every person to capacity so those with limitations can receive the support they need  Workers = taxpayers  High-wage workers = More taxes  Stop expecting business to hire for soft reasons: adapt or die.  Completely change the approach to business in its relationship to PWD.
  16. 16. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation NJCC Foundation Did  Used these exact principles to develop a set of programs and activities that would help prepare more PWD for the workforce.
  17. 17. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation NJBLN  Business Leadership Network  Established in 2006 with funding from Kessler Foundation  Sanctioned affiliate of USBLN  Employer-led  Mission:  Address the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce  Promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities
  18. 18. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inaugural Decisions  Established leadership committee  Differ from other BLNs across country (50+) by focusing on programs, not membership  Also differ by focusing on skills of candidates rather than employer interest in hiring
  19. 19. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Original Scope of Work  Provided public relations support for Disability Mentoring Day (significant increase in business participation)  Established online job board: www.AccessibleEmployment.org  Career webinars for students in middle and high school featuring people with disabilities  SKILLSFirst Conference
  20. 20. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Current Scope of Work  Provides foundation for partnership with DDS  Promote Disability Supplier Diversity Program  Promote Disabilities At Work  Increase skill levels of people with disabilities
  21. 21. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation DSDP  Promote Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP)  Program of USBLN  Process leading to national credential certifying that a business is ‘disabled- owned’  Enables corporate strategy of diversifying supplier chain
  22. 22. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation NJBLN Role in DSDP  Recruit disabled-owned businesses into process  Status: 2 businesses completed application and awaiting site visits; 3 others in hopper  Recruit and train volunteers for mandatory site visits to applicant businesses  Help successful applicants be ‘ready for prime time’  Promote use of credential among businesses in state
  23. 23. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Disabilities At Work  Effort to identify and reward businesses that go ‘beyond compliance’ in hiring practice and/or support people with disabilities in other ways  Encourage consumers to patronize businesses that have earned the right to display the DAW logo on wall plaques, windows, websites  People with disabilities control over $200 billion dollars in disposable income
  24. 24. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  25. 25. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation DAW Radio  VoiceAmerica Business Channel – Live Internet Talk Radio  Live on April 14, 2010  Promote the DAW mission – feature business that support people with disabilities  Include areas of broad interest to people with disabilities, their families, their employers.  Show sponsorships available
  26. 26. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Third Component  Least defined  Focus on skill levels  Glaring incongruity between available jobs and skill levels most pronounced among people with disabilities  Exacerbated by lack of understanding of demands of workplace
  27. 27. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Build Understanding  High School teacher who tells her special needs students that they don’t have to work as hard as other students and will never have to worry about getting a job because companies want to hire people with disabilities
  28. 28. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Build Understanding  Service provider who announced that she tells her clients to lie on their resumes (number two reason for termination)  Statements from multiple human resource individuals saying that people with disabilities come to interviews under-prepared and under- dressed
  29. 29. www.njchamber.com Speaker: Donna Custard Vice President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Dana Egreczky Senior Vice President Workforce Development President New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation Build Understanding  Employer stated that she hired 13 people with disabilities but wound up with 39 service providers on site every week who took all parking spaces  Chamber survey that indicated that 94 of 100 business people did not know where to start in the system to find qualified people with disabilities (six cited Department of Veteran Affairs)
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