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Amazon welcomes first graduates of program to turn veterans into technologistsAmazon's new apprenticeship program shepherds veterans into careers in in-demand technology jobs. Recruits spent three months in the classroom before going into a paid, 12-month apprenticeship to develop expertise on-the-job. Mike Cooper figures the apprenticeship saved him tens of thousands of dollars in tuition he otherwise would have paid to get the same experience and certifications. Read More
Producing a Sustainable, Highly Skilled WorkforceRoger Tadajewski, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, discusses what NC3 is doing to develop strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement, and sustain industry-driven and industry-recognized, portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards in the transportation, energy, and aviation sectors. Read More
ManpowerGroup Signs Workforce Development Pledge to Upskill More than 130,000 U.S. WorkersManpowerGroup has pledged to upskill 130,000 workers over the next five years. The commitment will be delivered through a suite of offerings including experience, assessment and education as part of ManpowerGroup’s MyPath program. MyPath enables people to access meaningful and sustainable jobs in in-demand careers through accelerated learning programs, on-the-job training, certification and experience. Read More
Archways to Opportunity Participants Achieve Major MilestoneIn June, several McDonald’s restaurant employees accomplished a life-long achievement and walked across a stage to receive a college degree from Colorado Technical University. Since 2015, Archways to Opportunity has provided more than 24,000 eligible employees at participating US restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services, and learn English as a second language. 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
Key Elements of Successful Tuition Assistance Programs: A New Model for Workforce DevelopmentEmployers must enable, promote, and reward upskilling or run the risk of becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, too many organizations still rely on an outdated tuition reimbursement model that leaves learning and development opportunities beyond the reach of most workers. Organizations need to implement a smarter, more integrated and effective tuition assistance model that can serve as the centerpiece of the development culture companies need to remain competitive. Read More
Solving the Talent Shortage: Build, Buy, Borrow and BridgeOver half of companies in a recent ManpowerGroup report are investing in learning platforms and development tools to build their talent pipeline. 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