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How Walmart rebranded development as an employee benefit

An investment in staff development can be a potent attraction and retention tool. Employees want to grow and advance, which makes learning and development a must-have component of the employee value proposition. For businesses large and small, access to massive online learning platforms has made upskilling employees an attainable goal. Walmart, for example, has found success with a learning program that’s both accessible and substantive — and all for, apparently, $1 a day from employees. Read More

Amazon welcomes first graduates of program to turn veterans into technologists

Amazon'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 Workforce

Roger 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. Workers

ManpowerGroup 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

Resources

Key Elements of Successful Tuition Assistance Programs: A New Model for Workforce Development

Employers 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 Unfortunately, too many organizations still rely on an outdated tuition reimbursement model that leaves learning and development opportunities beyond the reach of most workers.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 Bridge

Over half of companies in a recent ManpowerGroup report are investing in learning platforms and development tools to build their talent pipeline. 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

Recognize

leading employers that provide expanded career opportunities for their workers

Promote

the widespread adoption of business policies and practices that increase economic opportunity

Cultivate

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 lead the effort

CAEL
National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships
Committee for Economic Development
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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