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Upskill Initiative to Provide Low-wage Workers with Education and Training

Posted on 05/01/2015

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In an April 27, 2015 post to the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS External link opens in new window or tab) 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 External link opens in new window or tab, the April 2015 White House Report External link opens in new window or tab, and the list of commited companies and labor unions External link opens in new window or tab.

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 External link opens in new window or tab facilitated by David Rosen. Included are intiatives External link opens in new window or tab 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 External link opens in new window or tab by David Rosen, April 27, 2017

Below are resources with more details on the Initiative, including information on how to get involved: