Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey participated in the National Association of Workforce Boards’ “The Forum 2018” annual conference March 27 in Washington, D.C. to discuss solutions to the challenges presently facing major industries in the United States.
The association joined several representatives from the nation’s largest employment sectors to address what employers can do to fill the current skills gap between employees and employers.
The discussion, moderated by LinkedIn Head of U.S. Policy Nicole Isaacs, brought together industry leaders collectively representing more than $1 trillion in revenue of the United States economy, including:
• Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association
• Michael Bellaman, CEO, Associated Builders & Contractors
• Mark Carrier, CHA, chair, American Hotel & Lodging Association
• Ellen Davis, executive director, National Retail Federation Foundation
• Rob Gifford, executive vice president, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
• Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA
The panel discussed the top challenges to finding and retaining talent in their industries and how the advancement of technology is transforming the jobs and skills needed in their industries. A theme among the panelists as a solution to the skills gap arising from technological innovation was the need for workforce boards, employers and educators to come together to develop apprenticeships and educational programs that can be fostered by employers.