Upskill Initiative to Provide Low-wage Workers with Education and TrainingPosted on 05/01/2015
In an April 27, 2015 post to the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS ) Community, David Rosen, reports on recent activity surrounding President Obama's Upskill Initiative.
In April 2015, the White House Upskill Summit hosted 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators, tech innovators, and corporations, 100 of whom were business leaders, at the White House based on their having made commitments to upskilling America's workforce. You can read more about this in this fact sheet , the April 2015 White House Report , and the list of commited companies and labor unions .
Although most of these commitments are to apprenticeship and higher education programs, a few address the basic skills and English language needs of low-wage workers, and many provide interesting career pathways opportunities. Read about a few examples in LINCS Community of Practice about Program Management facilitated by David Rosen. Included are intiatives by Chipotle, BEST Corp., Hospitality Training Center, and Cengage Learning with the McDonald's Corporation and Walmart Stores Inc.
Program managers who are interested in workplace basic skills and linking workforce preparation basic skills with opportunities for further training, apprenticeship, and tuition-paid college programs might want to look through the whole list to see which companies have committed resources to their low-wage employees.
Source: LINCS Community post by David Rosen, April 27, 2017
Below are resources with more details on the Initiative, including information on how to get involved:
- Find more details and sign up to get involved through the Upskill website
- For a quick overview take a look at the Upskill Fact Sheet
- For data on why the President and Vice President believe upskilling is important and examples of best practices take a look at the White House Upskill Report
- Watch the Vice President’s remarks at the March 24 Summit
- Making Skills Everybody’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States, a report released by OCTAE in February. See Strategy 6 for how Upskilling can help achieve this transformation.
- Use a toolkit designed to support adult education provider and employer partnerships