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When filling vacancies, don’t overlook current employeesWhile the conversation about career opportunities and training benefits must be ongoing, what about employees who stay on the fringe and don't outwardly express an interest in moving up? Jaime Fall, director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute says it starts with encouraging all employees to participate in learning on the job. After all, learning new skills can improve performance, and highlight those ripe for a new opportunity. Read More
Chipotle Adds Upskilling to Its MenuThanks to its aggressive commitment to employee training and advancement, Chipotle has seen marked increases in retention and internal promotion rates over the last academic year. Read More
Healthcare Leaders Recognize 11 Providers for Developing Frontline WorkersCareerSTAT’s healthcare leaders selected four healthcare employers as 2017 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions and seven organizations as Emerging Champions. Now in its fourth year, CareerSTAT’s recognition program showcases healthcare organizations making exemplary investments in their frontline workforce. Read More
A Staggering 225,000 People Will Graduate from Walmart University This YearWalmart's training academies teach employees fundamental retail skills that go beyond stocking shelves and customer service, such as which items are turning a profit and why. The retailer hopes that the training will allow its employees to move up the chain and possibly find a career in management. 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