Join us for a 2-day back-to-back conversation.

As the unemployment rate drops, employers find themselves fighting harder over a narrow segment of the labor pool. They also find themselves struggling with how to engage candidates reentering the workforce who had previously given up looking for employment after months or even years of frustration with a stagnant economy.

These problems and opportunities have driven some employers to adopt unique strategies with educators or leverage tried-and-true models like apprenticeships to fill the “new-hire” skills gap.

Oct. 31, 2pm EST — Educators + Employers = Unique Partners (1 Hour Event)

Nov. 1, 2pm EST — Apprenticeships – What’s Old is New Again (1 Hour Event)

Thanks to all who attended our recent virtual convening, the first in a series. Check back in soon and we will be posting our 2018 calendar of events.

Your connection to skilled LTU workers

We are an employer-led coalition that enables employers to see the business value in hiring ready to work talent: long term unemployed, under-employed, veterans, people with disabilities and opportunity youth, an untapped labor pool that has been upskilled or re-skilled to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy.
“The Ready To Work Business Collaborative helps businesses by connecting them with the government agencies and workforce intermediaries that bring qualified and pre-screened talent and employers together.”
 — Beverly M. Riddick, Executive Director

Ready To Work Business Collaborative Ambassadors

Christopher Hill
Director of Talent Acquisition, U.S. Bank

Ananda Baron
Sr. Dir. of Community Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Worker 1
Worker 2
Worker 3

People who want to work and who can
contribute to your business are not
getting through the HR gatekeepers.

Who Are These People?

“Ready to work” is a subset of the U.S. labor market who have been reskilled or upskilled and are looking for employment.

  • Veterans
  • People with disabilities
  • Opportunity youth
  • The underemployed
  • The long-term unemployed (LTU)

Your business can benefit from this pool of skilled labor.


of the LTU have college degrees

What You Can Do

EMPLOYERS can make hiring the ready to work a C-suite priority.

WORKFORCE INTERMEDIARIES can help bridge the gap between employees and employers.

POLICY MAKERS AND GRANT MAKERS can help us better understand the issue and recommend standards.

Join Our Advisory Board

Be a thought leader who develops hiring best practices targeted at ready to work talent.


Tax-deductible donations made payable to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors,
6 W. 48th Street, New York, NY  10036.
Please reference RTWBC