Rino Piazzolla attends White House job skills summit, where Biden salutes AXA
Chief Human Resources Officer Rino Piazzolla carried the flag for AXA US at last Friday’s (April 24) White House summit during which Vice President Joe Biden saluted AXA for “helping employees to plan their careers by partnering with a technology company that developed a digital game that evaluates the individual’s strengths and skills to help them find a way to get those skills.”
Listen to the Vice President’s full speech and his call-out of AXA at a little more than 15 minutes into it.
Friday’s event was part of President Obama’s new "UpSkill America" initiative, one that’s focused on the need to equip workers with the skills and education they need to get ahead in today’s technology-oriented job world. A concise description of UpSkill America’s mission ran last month (March) in the Huffington Post.
“Aligned with AXA’s digital transformation and growth strategy, we are using innovative digital technologies to identify professional opportunities and develop upskilling training programs for our employees.,” Piazzolla said.
In May, AXA employees at its main corporate sites in Manhattan, Syracuse, N.Y.; Secaucus, N.J.; Jersey City, N.J.; Charlotte, N.C. and Farmington, Conn., will be encouraged to play a mobile game to help them identify professional potential and guide them toward individual development opportunities. Participants will receive a report indicating their strengths, and AXA will use the results from this pilot to create learning programs.
Some 24 million U.S. workers are in entry- and mid-level jobs in various fields who could be trained to fill positions requiring more skills, but they currently lack a clear path to get there. At the same time, employers are struggling to fill the jobs requiring more skills.
“Many of you have stepped up, not only providing training opportunities for your workers and industries, but to help your workers access those opportunities and give them a chance to build a career,” Biden said, saluting the “more than 100 companies” like AXA that have “announced new commitments to help their employees gain the skills they need to help them to move up to new opportunities.”
Also present at the announcement at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building were various members of the President’s Cabinet, including the secretaries of Labor, Education and Commerce.