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Norton Healthcare: Integrating Workforce Investments with Business Impact

Recognized by CareerSTAT as a 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion, Norton Healthcare is a national leader in developing the skills and careers of its frontline workers. Based in Louisville, KY the five-hospital system invests $11 million annually in its 14,000 employees. Read More

Healthcare Leaders Recognize 11 Providers for Developing Frontline Workers

CareerSTAT’s healthcare leaders selected four healthcare employers as 2017 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions and seven organizations as Emerging Champions. Now in its fourth year, CareerSTAT’s recognition program showcases healthcare organizations making exemplary investments in their frontline workforce. Read More

A Staggering 225,000 People Will Graduate from Walmart University This Year

Walmart's training academies teach employees fundamental retail skills that go beyond stocking shelves and customer service, such as which items are turning a profit and why. The retailer hopes that the training will allow its employees to move up the chain and possibly find a career in management. Read More

Leading the Way: The Role of Companies in Educational Access

Education is the true game changer in helping employees succeed in the workplace and beyond. U.S. businesses – particularly the very large businesses like McDonald’s – can play a huge and unique role in removing barriers to education. Read More

Resources

Walmart’s Investments In Retail Workforce Development

In its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, Walmart outlines its global responsibility efforts along three pillars – Opportunity, Sustainability and Community – including the company's involvement in upskilling its employees. Click here to download an excerpt describing Walmart's investments in retail workforce development. Read More

Advancing Your Frontline Workforce With Employer-Sponsored Benefits

More and more employers recognize the need to offer a foundational education program to their workers. This type of program allows working adults to develop necessary literacy and numeracy skills, achieve English language proficiency, and gain the skills needed to attain their high school diploma or GED credential if they did not complete high school. Read More

Join the Movement

Join the upskilling movement by becoming an UpSkill America Partner.

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and help our economy and communities thrive by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs.

 

UpSkill America Statement of Principles

UpSkill America and its partners believe:

  • Investing in the skills of workers is good for businesses, employees, communities and the nation.
  • Education, training and development is critical in order for workers to advance in their careers and earn better wages.
  • Upskilling is most effective when employers, workers and education/training providers are all fully committed in partnership to the success of the endeavor.
If you agree with our Statement of Principles (above), join the movement now!

Who We Are

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand economic opportunity for America’s workers.

As the economy continues to improve, many employers are struggling to find skilled workers to fill the jobs they are creating. At the same time, tens of millions of frontline America’s workers in low-wage jobs could be trained to fill more skilled roles but lack a clear career path.

These workers are only half as likely as their higher-skilled colleagues to receive career-relevant training.

We recognize the critical need to help frontline employees—from food service workers to daycare providers, from health care workers to construction laborers—obtain new skills.

We need more American business leaders to invest in effectively upskilling their workers. Leading the way to the middle class for more hardworking Americans is good for business and good for America.

A Three Part Mission

Recognize

leading employers that provide expanded career opportunities for their workers

Promote

the widespread adoption of business policies and practices that increase economic opportunity

Cultivate

public-private education and workforce development efforts that support and advance these initiatives

Leadership Council

A coalition of business, education, workforce training, and human resource organizations lead the effort

CAEL
National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships
Committee for Economic Development
Business Champions
HR Policy Foundation
Small Business Majority

“Today we are partnering with business across the country to UpSkill America. To help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education. We want to recruit more companies to help provide apprenticeships and other pathways so people can upgrade their skills. We are all going to have to do that in this new economy.”— Barack Obama

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