Employment and Jobs

Training Today’s Workers to Up-Skill America

October 30, 2015  • Caroline Miller (Pearson)

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 interview from one of our partners.

Four medical personnel working at a table together

We often hear that jobs are being outsourced overseas, and how by 2020 we will have a shortage of workers in the STEM fields. So it is nice for a change to hear that many organizations are working together to help upskill existing workforces. Fred Dedrick, Executive Director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, chatted with me recently about what they are doing in conjunction with UpSkill America, workforce boards, community centers, and industry professionals to form regional partnerships that help organizations train existing workers to help them advance in their careers. This is important because it impacts our communities and makes them more prosperous.

For more information about these partnerships and initiatives visit the National Fund for Workforce Solution’s website. You can see if your community is already represented in their network. If it is not part of the network, the best place to start is within your own community to seek out the other economic development organizations like The United Way, The Workforce Investment Board, and try to determine if any of them are already involved in a regional effort at upskilling because you might find that there is already something going on in your region. Fred or Jaime Fall from UpSkill America are happy to respond to any inquiries.

This piece was excerpted from “Training Today’s Workers to Up-Skill America” by Pearson’s Caroline Miller. Click here to read more.


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