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Discover Offers Employees a Full-Ride Bachelor’s Degree ProgramDiscover announced a significant new education assistance benefit that provides all eligible U.S.-based employees the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree online from an accredited public or non-profit private university at no cost. Known as The Discover College Commitment, the benefit covers tuition and required fees, books and supplies needed to complete select online degrees at one of three schools – the University of Florida (via UF Online), Wilmington University and Brandman University. The benefit has no tenure requirement so employees can start participating as soon as they want regardless of how long they have been with the company, including new employees on their first day. Read More
Boeing announces details of $100 million employee education investmentBoeing launched new workforce development programs today, an online network of resources designed to make learning more accessible to employees at all levels of the company. A new partnership with Degreed.com will provide employees with access to online lessons, certification courses and degree programs. The investment will also fund several programs to help employees enhance technical skills and understand industry trends, tools and technologies. Read More
The Hidden Benefit in Walmart’s Education Benefit AnnouncementWhile Walmart’s latest commitment to its employees’ education is impressive in its own right, the knowledge this program’s data will contribute to the upskilling community is just as exciting. Read More
How Disney is turning women from across the company into codersDisney's CODE: Rosie program gives women already at the company in non-technical roles an opportunity to switch careers. After three months of training—in everything from basic computer-science concepts to programming languages such as Python—they’ll segue into a yearlong apprenticeship consisting of two six-month chunks in different teams within the company. Then they’ll have the opportunity to take a job within one of Disney’s technical groups. 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
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 RecommendationsIn 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
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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