Employment and Jobs

Upskilling Year in Review 2019

January 2, 2020  • UpSkill America & Jaime S. Fall

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2019 was another significant year for upskilling. Our second UpSkill America “Year in Review” highlights the work of employers and support organizations that have recognized the value of providing training and career advancement opportunities to workers. It also includes a review of UpSkill America’s work over the past year – the tools and blog posts we developed with our partners and shared to help businesses create, expand or improve their upskilling programs. Thanks to all of the organizations that have supported our work over the past year and to those of you who took time to share program updates for our survey.

We are excited to see the continued growth of the upskilling movement and how it is showing results for businesses and workers. We look forward to another strong year of collaboration in 2020.

Walmart and Walmart.org are supporters of UpSkill America, an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.


2019 was a banner year for #upskilling, as large companies doubled down on their commitments and new organizations with innovative approaches joined the fold. Check out the @upskillamerica’s 2019 Year in Review.

The #upskilling movement continued to grow in 2019, creating new opportunities for advancement in businesses large and small. New offerings include master’s degrees, industry certifications, skills development programs, and more.

.@BizRoundtable’s new statement on the purpose of a corporation reflects a growing understanding of the importance of #upskilling, including “Investing in our employees… through training and education.”

The @upskillamerica Year in Review showcases new #upskilling programs from the past year and tools to carry the movement into the future.

What progress have we seen in #upskilling this year? Big employers like @Amazon, @Walmart, @JetBlue, @ChipotleTweets, @Starbucks, and @WaltDisneyCo have all embraced new and expanded programs for worker advancement.

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