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College-Business Partnerships Can Solve The Higher Education Affordability CrisisA handful of innovative colleges are teaming up with employers like Starbucks and Chipotle to support working students, lowering college cost, accelerating time to completion and reducing the opportunity cost of going back to school. Read More
Walmart & Cengage Expand Partnership to Offer Free High School Diploma & Career Training to Family Members of AssociatesWalmart's Lifelong Learning program provides associates access to no-cost or low-cost education programs including ESL, high school, career certificates, and the most comprehensive college credit for prior learning program in the country. Read More
WorkLife Partnership & W.K. Kellogg Foundation Launch Upskill Program for Low-Income WorkersWorkLife Partnership’s new Upskill Program is the first of its kind in Colorado and will focus on increasing economic and educational opportunities for workers who receive government assistance. Read More
Expanding Employment Pathways through Impact HiringThe Innovation Labs are a free fellowship-like program for pioneering companies to test impact hiring innovations while being provided access to consulting support, peer-to-peer cohort learning, and a communications platform to share best practice employment innovations improving their employment brand. Read More
New Report Released on Developing America’s Frontline WorkersA new study, Developing America’s Frontline Workers, by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and the Aspen Institute’s UpSkill America found that while 89% of organizations currently offer development opportunities to frontline workers, and 98% of these indicate plans to maintain or grow these programs, the vast majority of respondents (73%) indicate that they either … Read More
Poll: Small Businesses Need—And Support—Employees With Additional Training and CredentialingAccording to a recent Small Business Majority poll on employee training and credentialing, small business owners around the country believe lack of education, experience and training is one of biggest challenges they face when it comes to hiring and employment, and they’re willing to act to ensure they have the skilled workers they need to … Read More
Communications Technology Company Realizes Returns for Investments in Tuition AssistanceLumina 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
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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