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Strategy 11: Develop an Adaptable Workforce to Meet the Changing Needs of Business

The rapid development of technology has transformed the world of business. Nashville Technology Council (NTC) estimates that as of 2016, 1,600 tech jobs go unfilled annually in Middle Tennessee. Innovative and thoughtful action is required to develop the educational pathways and pipelines for the jobs of the future in Nashville. To help with this strategy, Governor Bill Haslam has put forth an ambitious goal of having 55% of Tennessee residents earn a post-secondary credential by the year 2025. Metro Nashville can assist in this effort by scaling current practices and building new pipelines of workers.

Strategic Actions

  1. Provide students of all ages opportunities to increase their hard and soft skills through both experiences, access to tools, and support in career growth. Develop cultural, civic and commercial innovation centers around Nashville to build products and solve city issues.
  2. Increase access to the breadth and depth of postsecondary information and the support to make that information actionable.
  3. Develop a cross-city university/college/trade consortium to work together to align post-secondary options and opportunities for students and nontraditional students especially those from underrepresented communities in post-secondary programs.
  4. Develop cultural, civic, and commercial innovation centers around Nashville to build products, solve city issues, and promote commerce.

Case Study

Category: Experience-based Job Training

Mayor Megan Barry's Opportunity Now Program

Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment. In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after-school. At the same time, Nashville employers across various industries are concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned through actual work experience. In its first summer, 2017, over ten thousand youth between the ages of 14 and 24 were connected to internship positions.

Learn: Opportunity Now Program

Explore: Nashville Youth Violence Summit Report