(Whitehouse.gov) The Upskill Initiative is a public-private effort meant to create clear pathways for the more than 20 million workers in front-line jobs that too often lack opportunities to progress into higher-paying jobs. Developing the skills and abilities of these workers, and empowering them to contribute more at work, presents a significant opportunity to improve their wages and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of employers.
Earlier this year the President called on businesses to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they lack a higher education. Already, more than 100 employers – who employ more than 5 million American workers – are stepping up to expand their use of best practices that increase opportunity:
- Increase access to training by growing apprenticeships, building on the largest growth in over a decade, and expanding on-the-job training that equips workers with skills to advance to better jobs
- Motivate and empower more uptake of training opportunities by making it cheaper and faster to get ahead
- Provide a clear path upward for employees who develop and demonstrate skills
American businesses are creating these jobs of the future at a breakneck pace, and we need to ensure that American employees have the right skills to fill them.
Check out the stories of everyday Americans who “upskilled” their way to a higher-paying jobs and a brighter future thanks to a flexible learning opportunities in their companies.
Federal Tools & Funding Opportunities
The White House and federal agencies have tools and resources available for employers, labor unions, and non-profits to support workers who want to upskill and advance in their careers.
- Find Best Practices: Read the White House Upskill Report
- Find Federal Funding Resources: Learn more about billions of federal dollars and programs available to support training of front-line workers.
- Tools for Employer-Education Partnerships: Check out handbooks, templates, issues briefs and research for educators and employers on training and advancing workers
- Launch an Apprenticeship Program: Check out the Department of Labor's toolkit and other resources that support starting and expanding apprenticeship programs.
- Mythbuster on Training: Read the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division new clarification of a common employer misperception that may lead employers to be less likely to offer training to employees
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