SOURCE: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

September 14, 2016 12:30 ET

CHCI, SHRM Release Joint Report on Skills Gap in the Latino Workforce

Policy Makers, Business Owners and Others Urged to Invest in Workforce Development and Education

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - September 14, 2016) - The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today released a joint report titled The Changing U.S. Workforce: The Growing Hispanic Demographic and the Workplace.

The report, which was released during CHCI's 2016 Public Policy Conference, provides the latest research and high-level insights from experts on the challenges and opportunities presented by the influx of Hispanics into the workforce to ensure that this generation of workers enter the labor market not only career-ready, but also with marketable skills and hands-on experiences that match the needs of the economy.

In the report, CHCI and SHRM identify effective practices to close the skills gap that exists in the Latino workforce. The two organizations urge policy makers, business owners and other decision makers to invest in workforce development and education.

Those effective practices and strategies include:

  • Developing tools to support and improve educational and career outcomes such as structured pathways from college to certain jobs and mentoring to help address the lack of soft skills.
  • Facilitating training programs and apprenticeships for entry-level workers to create foundations for success.
  • Utilizing creative benefits to help recruit and retain Hispanic Millennials.

"Organizations must adopt employment practices that leverage demographic change to the advantage of both employers and employees," said J. Robert Carr, senior vice president at SHRM. "This important report provides employers effective ways to harness the power of diversity and engage Hispanic Millennials. With these and other promising HR practices, workplaces will be more inclusive, productive and successful."

"The greatest challenge that we must address is the alarming skills gap in the Hispanic workforce, where many Latinos are not prepared to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Domenika Lynch, CHCI president and CEO. "I am confident that by educating all stakeholders on this issue and acting with urgency, our community can address the workforce development challenges that lie ahead. It is imperative for the future health of the country to ensure that we properly train Latinos with the needed skills to compete for the jobs of the 21st century."

The Changing U.S. Workforce: The Growing Hispanic Demographic and the Workplace is available online.

Media: For more information or an interview, contact Irving Burbano of CHCI at iburbano@chci.org and 347-803-0457 or Sundra Hominik of SHRM Media Affairs at Sundra.Hominik@shrm.org and 703-535-6273.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,600 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholar-intern programs, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

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