Employment and Jobs

Target Prioritizes Upskilling and Mobility for Frontline Employees

February 29, 2024  • Carol Morrison, Mollie Lombardi & Haley Glover

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Target, which employs more than 400,000 people, has doubled down on its commitment to make daily life better for its frontline workforce, including developing and implementing innovative opportunities for upskilling and mobility. This brief, by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, shares insights from that effort. It describes Target’s experience building a skills taxonomy, opening a talent marketplace, offering new skills-building and skills-demonstration opportunities to employees, and investing in leadership development. Target also launched a partnership with the talent organization Guild, which granted employees tuition-free access to undergraduate and associate degrees, certificates, and bootcamp programs from more than 40 colleges, universities, and learning providers.

About i4cp

i4cp is the leading global authority on human capital. We produce more research than any other human capital research firm in the world, and many of the world’s most prominent organizations and HR leaders turn to i4cp to better capitalize on HR best practices and emerging workforce trends. Supported by a powerful community of human capital practitioners, we provide HR research and insights that help organizations better anticipate, adapt, and act in a constantly changing business environment. Learn more at i4cp.com.

About UpSkill America

UpSkill America, an initiative of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, supports employers and workforce organizations to expand and improve high-quality educational and career advancement opportunities for America’s front-line workers. We seek to create a movement of employers, civic organizations, workforce intermediaries, and policymakers working collaboratively to implement education, training, and development strategies that result in better jobs and opportunities for front-line workers, more competitive businesses, and stronger communities. Follow us on LinkedIn and learn more at upskillamerica.org.