VTPM Launches New Health Care Collaborative

Buoyed by the positive response of participants in its first pilot for the Construction industry, the VTPM Team launched a second one aimed at the Health Care industry, Vermont’s largest economic sector. More than 20 industry executives from throughout Vermont’s network of hospitals and related health care service providers gathered to hear an overview of the industry challenges and the opportunities inherent in an employer-led talent pipeline model fashioned after supply chain management strategies.

Roundtable Board member John Brumsted, M.D. and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, offered to serve as the CEO Champion, and communicate to his industry colleagues about the advantages of working collaboratively to address their common talent needs and solicited their active participation in the VTPM project. Said Brumsted, “It would be great to see this program get real traction in Vermont.”

And from the quality of the conversation from participants, this new pilot is off to a promising start. All 22 attendees committed to participating in the collaborative, along with another dozen industry executives that were unable to make the first meeting. The Health Care Collaborative will meet again on July 26th to engage in a Demand Planning workshop.

Vermont Talent Pipeline Management Project (VTPM) is one of a dozen projects – and the only statewide project – in Cohort II of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) approach to closing America’s workforce skills gap. TPM leverages lessons learned from supply-chain management and expands the role of employers as end-customers of education and workforce systems. The VTPM Team is comprised of representatives of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development; Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation; Franklin/Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board; Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Program; and Vermont Business Roundtable. The Team is also informed by a Steering Committee that also includes representatives of Agency of Education; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; State Workforce Development Board; South Burlington Superintendent; Vermont Chamber of Commerce; and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.