Employment and Jobs


June 1, 2017  • UpSkill America & Jaime S. Fall

About UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and help our economy and communities thrive by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. UpSkill America is a part of the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute.

Since its creation in 2015, UpSkill America has been led by a Leadership Team that composed of the following members:

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UpSkill America has a three-part mission:

  • Recognize employers that provide expanded career opportunities for their workers.
  • Promote the adoption of business policies and practices that increase opportunity.
  • Highlight effective local and regional workforce development partnerships and how they educate, train, and develop individuals for success in the workplace.


Purpose of the Playbook

This Upskilling Playbook is designed to highlight examples of employers modeling new ways of business that advance workers and support long-term business competitiveness via investments in workers through upskilling strategies. It is not meant to be a comprehensive listing but to provide examples and information that help illustrate a range of strategies and information to help you consider how to implement upskilling in your company context. Our hope is that this playbook will inform a broader national conversation about sustainable jobs and expanding opportunity and will help you learn about how you can invest in and promote economic opportunity and career growth for your workers while benefitting your company at the same time.

The research in this report was made possible through funding by the Walmart Foundation. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations this report presents are those of the Aspen Institute and, where noted, other researchers and businesses. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Walmart Foundation. For additional information on these programs and guidance to help your workers advance in their careers through education, training, and development, we invite you to follow the UpSkill America movement at upskillamerica.org. While there, be sure to sign up to join the UpSkill America movement so you can receive the latest news and information on UpSkill America and the work of companies across the nation to build the skills of their workers.

If you have an effective upskilling initiative you would like to share, please submit the information using our online form. If we can be of assistance as you consider upskilling at your place of work, please feel free to contact us at UpSkillAmerica@AspenInstitute.org

Thank you.



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