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Chick-fil-A Increases Scholarship Investment with $14.5 Million to Team Members

Chick-fil-A is awarding scholarships to more than 5,700 employees through its “Remarkable Futures” education initiative. The program allows students employed by the company’s local franchise Operators to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships that can be applied for any area of study at any accredited institution of their choice. In addition to $14.5 million in scholarships, all of Chick-fil-A’s 120,000 Team Members also have access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Read More

Amazon Is Paying Its Employees $12,000 to Train for a Job at Another Company. And It’s Brilliant

Training employees and giving them job skills in other high-demand industries is madness—right? Actually, Amazon is doing just that. The program is called Amazon Career Choice. Jeff Bezos described it as “For hourly associates with more than one year of tenure, we pre-pay 95 percent of tuition, fees, and textbooks (up to $12,000) for certificates and associate degrees in high-demand occupations,” including healthcare, IT, computer science, transportation, and mechanical & skilled trades. Read More

MGM partnership will pay for employees to go to college

The new MGM College Opportunity Program will cover the cost for MGM employees to enroll in distance education programs at any of Nevada's seven public schools. In addition, employees of MGM Resorts International — the state’s largest employer — can access any school within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Read More

Kroger Makes New Commitment to Education Assistance

The Kroger Co. announced new and enhanced long-term associate benefits following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including an education assistance program called Feed Your Future. Kroger and its subsidiaries will now offer associates an employee education benefit of up to $3,500 annually ($21,000 over the course of employment) toward continuing education and development opportunities including a high school equivalency exam, professional certifications and advanced degrees. Read More

Resources

LinkedIn 2018 Workplace Learning Report

"The short shelf life of skills and a tightening labor market are giving rise to a multitude of skill gaps. Businesses are fighting to stay ahead of the curve, trying to hold onto their best talent and struggling to fill key positions." LinkedIn surveyed approximately 4,000 professionals with the goal of providing a holistic view of modern workplace learning. Read More

Making Apprenticeships Work: Five Policy Recommendations

In many ways, the apprenticeship model can help answer the questions that keep lawmakers and innovators up at night – questions about how we can reimagine our approach to higher education in ways that expand opportunity, promote socioeconomic mobility, and align more closely with job outcomes. They also offer older workers a pathway into new jobs without the loss of income that would come from enrolling in a traditional higher education program. This paper outlines a vision for policy change that can help us rethink that approach – not just with regard to apprenticeships, but the country’s entire system of education and workforce development. 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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