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Employer Update: FCA Degrees@Work Program Having an Impact in the Workplace

The team at Randy Dye Dodge Chrysler Jeep discusses the impact that FCA / Strayer University’s Degrees@Work program is having in the workplace. Read More

Employer Update: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin Announces One-Year Enrollment and Graduation Results of Free College Degree Program with College for America at SNHU

Just one year since announcing a debt-free college degree benefit, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin already has 31 employees enrolled and four graduates of the program. Read More

Five Questions for Amazon’s Global Leader for Career Advancement, Juan Garcia

1) What makes Amazon’s Career Choice program different from other companies’ tuition assistance programs? Many companies have generous tuition assistance programs, but Career Choice is peculiar in a number of ways. First, we designed the program specifically for the hourly associates in our Fulfillment Centers and other operations buildings. Also, we do the homework – … Read More

Employer Update: JPMorgan Chase to Spend $200 Million in Training in 2016

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive of JPMorgan Chase, announced a pay increase for 18,000 workers and discussed the company’s $200 million upskilling investment in thousands of entry-level employees. Read More

Resources

Communications Technology Company Realizes Returns for Investments in Tuition Assistance

Lumina Foundation released the second study in their series: Talent Investments Pay Off which shows a communications technology company which provided employees $138M in tuition assistance through its Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) realized a 39.2% ROI ($54.2M net savings), as a result of avoided talent management costs. Check out the briefing or the webinar for … Read More

Talent Investment Pays Off: Cigna Realizes Return on Investment from Tuition Benefits, Lumina Foundation Study Reveals

An analysis of health insurer Cigna’s Education Reimbursement Program (ERP) shows every dollar the company puts into the program is returned and generates an additional $1.29 in savings—a 129 percent return on investment. Lumina Foundation, a national foundation focused on increasing postsecondary attainment partnered with Cigna to design the study, which was conducted by Accenture, … 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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