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Lyft Partners with Guild Education and Becomes First Gig-Economy Company to Provide Access To Education Services to ContractorsThrough Guild, Lyft drivers will have access to personalized college advising and tuition discounts for thousands of classes, certificates and degrees from more than 80 online non-profit universities and learning providers. Programs include Bachelor's and Master's degrees, certificates in subjects such as Data Science and HTML, and other skills such as GED, vocational courses, and English-as-a-second-language. Read More
Starbucks College Achievement Plan welcomes its 1,000th graduateAs of this week’s commencement, more than 1,000 Starbucks partners have diplomas in hand and more than 9,000 partners are working toward their degree, thanks to the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. The program, which pays full tuition for all eligible part- and full-time U.S. partners in Arizona State University's online program, began three years ago and celebrated its first graduating class of three partners in May 2015. Read More
Number of GEDWorks Graduates Surpasses 2,000The program, which helps students complete requirements for their high school equivalency credential at no cost, has a rapidly expanding group of employer sponsors, including KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Walmart, Royal Cup, Scholastic, Sheetz and Southeastern Grocers. Read More
UpSkill America Receives $600,000 Grant from Walmart to Expand Upskilling Programs for Businesses and Opportunities for Frontline WorkersWith this grant, UpSkill America will expand its work to equip businesses with tools to educate, train, and develop frontline workers so that these workers can advance in their careers. Read More
UpSkilling Playbook for EmployersThe UpSkilling Playbook for Employers is a new report, developed by UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute with support from the Walmart Foundation. It is designed to be a tool for employers interested in upskilling strategies, which are policies and practices used by employers to educate, train, and develop frontline workers. The playbook highlights examples of employers modeling upskilling strategies by investing in and advancing workers and supporting long-term business competitiveness. Read More
Mercy Health: Using Evidence to Drive Hiring and AdvancementThe Mercy Health, West Michigan case study is the second in CareerSTAT’s business practice series on how healthcare employers measure the impact of their investments on frontline workers. This study documents Mercy Health’s approach to workforce development and program measurement with a focus on how strategic goals, workforce needs, and programmatic tools influence decision making and investment goals. Read More
Advancing Your Frontline Workforce With Employer-Sponsored BenefitsMore 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.
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
leading employers that provide expanded career opportunities for their workers
the widespread adoption of business policies and practices that increase economic opportunity
public-private education and workforce development efforts that support and advance these initiatives
“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