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UpSkilling Playbook for Employers

The 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

Advancing Your Frontline Workforce With Employer-Sponsored Benefits

More 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 Talent

While 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

Poll: Small Businesses Need—And Support—Employees With Additional Training and Credentialing

According to a recent Small Business Majority poll on employee training and credentialing, small business owners around the country believe lack of education, experience and training is one of biggest challenges they face when it comes to hiring and employment, and they’re willing to act to ensure they have the skilled workers they need to … Read More

Communications Technology Company Realizes Returns for Investments in Tuition Assistance

Lumina Foundation released the second study in their series: Talent Investments Pay Off which shows a communications technology company which provided employees $138M in tuition assistance through its Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) realized a 39.2% ROI ($54.2M net savings), as a result of avoided talent management costs. Check out the briefing or the webinar for … 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

New Report Released on Developing America’s Frontline Workers

A 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

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

Education, Training and Development Inventory and Communications Assessment

Every company has an upskilling story it is telling its employees and potential employees. HR Policy Foundation created two practical tools to help companies inventory their upskilling programs and practices and assess how compellingly companies tell this story. The tools are: Company Education, Training and Development Practices Inventory – designed to help companies inventory your … Read More

A Guide to Upskilling America’s Frontline Workers

This featured handbook, created by Deloitte Consulting in partnership with The Aspen Institute, will help employers in their efforts to advance the skills and careers of their frontline workers. Read More