From Today to Tomorrow: A Talent Roadmap to Support Economic Recover


The crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession demands a response from leaders from all sectors across the state of Hawai‘i. While the challenges being faced are significant, leaders across our islands are being presented with the opportunity to transform the lives of residents who are struggling to gain a foothold in our state’s economy while also creating a climate in which the economy can thrive and grow.

By working together — and measuring our progress — we can open the door to economic advancement for all of Hawai‘i’s residents, ensure a qualified applicant for every job opening, and build an economy that works for Hawai‘i. Learn more and get involved. Read the Executive Summary and Report.

Talent Roadmap in Action

The roadmap provides three strategic opportunities to invest and scale mapping out short- and long-term actions: expand work-based learning, rapidly reskill and credential, grow sector-based strategies.

There many good examples of the roadmap in action through multi-sector partnerships that can be scaled and supported. Here are a few examples:

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Expand Work-Based Learning

Hana Career Pathways:

UH and WDC won a $13M competitive USDOE federal grant (Reimagining Workforce Partnership) for apprenticeships in health care, IT, clean energy and skilled trades that is based around the work of the Roadmap. Hawaii is one of eight states to win this grant.

Hawai‘i Career Pathways:

A new website hosted by Hawaii P20 for students, parents, educators and business leaders that provides a single landing page for resources and information in the education to employment transition.

Promising Credentials in Hawai‘i:

A recently published list of 274 in-demand, living wage occupations and 137 promising credentials, non-degree certificates that lead to occupations.


Rapidly Reskill and Credential

Internships & Certifications:

Short-term internships + certifications for displaced workers, led by KUPU and Economic Development Association of Hawaiʻi.

Hawai‘i is Hiring:

Connecting Kamaʻāina to Hawaiʻi Jobs, Training and Resources.

Oahu Back to Work:

This effort launched in early October with County CARES funds and provides short term credentials from the UHCC campuses to displaced workers.

HTDC and Coursera:

Free courses in IT skills.

Purple Mai‘a Hiapo Program:

Provides IT training for local and virtual Salesforce Administrator jobs targeting Native Hawaiian workers. Participants receive a Salesforce Administrator certificate upon completion.

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Grow Sector-Based Strategies

Healthcare & Engineering:

Industry-led sector partnerships in health care and engineering, coordinated by the University of Hawaii and Chamber of Commerce. One example is the Hawaiʻi Healthcare Workforce Initiative.

Information Technology:

IT is also a high priority sector. Another example of work in this space is the recent Chaminade University Data Science Scholarships. $1M from National Science Foundation to support more low-income students from the Pacific in entering this high demand field.

This roadmap also shows how state leaders can fill Hawai’i jobs with local workers, ensure employment for displaced workers, and create lasting and effective partnerships across education and industry. The roadmap identifies three priority sectors for talent development to build a resilient economy.

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Health Care

(including clinical and community health)
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(including IT, biotechnology, clean energy)

Skilled Trades

(sustainable ag, manufacturing, construction)

The Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, and Strada Education Network have joined together to commission national expert Jobs for the Future to work alongside local partners Hawaii P-20 and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii to produce a Talent Roadmap to Support Economic Recovery in Hawai‘i.”

For more information contact us. You can also read the press release or recent articles.

Talent Roadmap Partners

Hawaii P-20
Harold KL Castle Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation
Hawaii Executive Conference
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Strada Education Network