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Watch Live Today: “Win/Win: Making the Case for Employer Talent Development”

One year ago, on April 24, 2015, employers and education, training and development leaders from across the country gathered at the White House Upskilling Summit to discuss how to do more to develop the skills of frontline workers.  Since that time, a tremendous amount of work has been done to equip frontline workers with the … Read More

McDonald’s Upskilling Efforts

As the one year anniversary of the White House Upskilling Summit draws near, we would like to congratulate our partners at McDonald’s. They have announced that their Archways to Opportunity workforce education program, has enrolled more than 5,000 people since its creation one year ago.     Archways to Opportunity provides students assistance in earning a … Read More

How Adult Education Can Assist in Upskilling

Dominion Services – Virginia Power has joined with Alexandria City Public Schools to create a powerful program to teach high school and adult education students about the skills needed to work in the electrical and utility industry. In this podcast by our partners at Pearson, you will learn about their recruiting partnership and sourcing program, … Read More

Recasting American Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is one of the proven upskilling models we promote at UpSkill America. Our founding partners at Skills for America’s Future have just released a new report, Recasting American Apprenticeship, which is a review of findings and a set of recommendations for businesses to realize apprenticeship as a workforce development strategy. This report sheds light … Read More


Talent Investment Pays Off: Cigna Realizes Return on Investment from Tuition Benefits, Lumina Foundation Study Reveals

An analysis of health insurer Cigna’s Education Reimbursement Program (ERP) shows every dollar the company puts into the program is returned and generates an additional $1.29 in savings—a 129 percent return on investment. Lumina Foundation, a national foundation focused on increasing postsecondary attainment partnered with Cigna to design the study, which was conducted by Accenture, … Read More

Work and Learn in Action

Work and Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers The National Network of Business and Industry Associations has released a new guide called Work and Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers that explains quality work and learn models and examines how and why they work. Download the guide 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.
If you agree with our Statement of Principles (above), join the movement now!

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

Leadership Council

A coalition of business, education, workforce training, and human resource organizations will lead the effort

Skill for America's Future
National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships
Committee for Economic Development
Bay Area Council
Business Champions
HR Policy Foundation
Small Business Majority

“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

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