Employment and Jobs

Credentialing Programs Keep Companies Competitive

November 13, 2015  • Michael Johnson (UPS) & Kimo Kippen (Hilton)

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news from our partners.

There are millions of job openings in the United States, but companies cannot find workers with the right skills, training and credentials to fill them. Businesses must invest in more strategic ways to help their employees get college degrees or other credentials to fulfill the job demands for today and tomorrow.

For example, at UPS Inc., we have a program called UPS Integrad that was developed to train new drivers. Each UPS Integrad location supports learning and advancement for more than 2,700 new UPS drivers annually. The seven existing training centers have trained thousands of front-line employees for well-paying jobs as drivers and supervisors, while increasing their productivity and retention.

At Hilton, we have partnered with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, or CAEL, to offer our team members the opportunity to take GED tests and earn their high school equivalency diploma at no cost. This latest education benefit will serve all U.S.-based active team members who are in good standing and have at least six months of service.

At both UPS and Hilton, we are committed to getting more business leaders nationwide to invest in ongoing education, training and career advancement support for their employees. Steering adults to completing credentials or college degrees that get them work-ready will yield a workforce that will enable our companies to thrive and the economy to grow. This is good business and good for America.

This piece was excerpted from “Credentialing Programs Keep Companies Competitive” by Michael Johnson (Chief Human Resources Officer, UPS) and Kimo Kippen (Chief Learning Officer, Hilton Worldwide) in Chief Learning Officer. Click here to read more.


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