The White House recently kicked-off the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge to prepare workers for jobs that help rebuild American infrastructure and supply chains, sustain the recovery, and promote steady and stable growth.

The Challenge is a nationwide call-to-action for employers, education and training providers, states, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, and philanthropic organizations seeking tangible commitments that support equitable workforce development in three critical infrastructure sectors:

  • Broadband
  • Construction
  • Electrification (e.g., EV Charging Infrastructure and Battery Manufacturing)

Several philanthropies have already stepped forward with pledges to support the Challenge. Workforce Matters Supporting Member Siemens Foundation, for example, is underwriting the  National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ work with four states – Connecticut, Idaho, North Carolina, and Oregon – to utilize funds from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to scale pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and build a more inclusive transportation workforce. Meanwhile, our colleagues at The Families and Workforce Fund have committed $1 million in aligned funding to help advance good jobs and diverse talent pipelines by building the capacity of community-based nonprofits to scale innovative models that help workers achieve economic mobility and career advancement and to participate in federal funding opportunities.

We’d love to hear from you:

What investments are you currently making or preparing to make in broadband, construction, and electrification workforce development?

Please take a moment to share information about your investments with Workforce Matters so we can track philanthropy’s contributions and share information about your investments with the Challenge organizers.

Learn more about the Challenge on the White House website.