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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
Leading the Way: The Role of Companies in Educational AccessEducation is the true game changer in helping employees succeed in the workplace and beyond. U.S. businesses – particularly the very large businesses like McDonald’s – can play a huge and unique role in removing barriers to education. Read More
Webinar: Behavioral characteristics of frontline workers: Using soft skills to develop frontline workersOn April 26, join us for the second in a series of webinars by the GED Testing Service that began with the release of their whitepaper Advancing Your Frontline Workforce With Employer-Sponsored Benefits. Read More
Chipotle’s “Degree Built for You”Chipotle recently partnered with Bellevue University and Guild Education to introduce a Bachelor’s degree in Business for their employees. The program offers classes that fit into a busy restaurant schedule and is designed to help participants grow their careers with Chipotle. 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
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
New Report: Investing in Entry-Level TalentWhile many companies accept high entry-level turnover as a cost of doing business, some companies are changing that reality by investing in the retention and advancement of their entry-level talent. Their investments not only improve business outcomes, but also provide new options for individuals who face barriers to economic opportunity. 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