Who We Are
Joining Together for America’s Workers
SkillUp is a nonprofit that connects workers with the right tools, resources and support, so they can make confident career shifts, find quality living-wage jobs, and position themselves for promising career growth.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an economic toll on America’s workers. To address this critical need, we launched the SkillUp Coalition in July 2020, an upskilling non-profit coalition built to help America’s laid-off and furloughed workers access the training and employment opportunities they need to secure a place in the economy of the future.
Rather than push workers back into jobs just like the ones they left, SkillUp allows workers to leverage current skills while building new skills that are suited to in-demand jobs with promising career paths.
Now two years later, SkillUp comprises over 90 organizations including training and education providers, tech firms, employers, and philanthropies. We have connected over 1 Million workers to career and training supports throughout the country and are eager to reach even more in the coming years.
We proudly support all workers, at any stage of their journey, and create an affordable, equitable, upskilling ecosystem that allows anyone the opportunity to claim their career.
Custodian to IT Support Specialist
Developing Career Confidence
Finding Remote-friendly Work
So, how does SkillUp work? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear.
What exactly is upskilling?
Upskilling is the act of acquiring more career skills and connections through additional short-term education and training.
What do you mean by ‘in-demand jobs’?
SkillUp helps people discover jobs that pay well, plus offer opportunities for growth and advancement. Our career catalog spans business, technology, healthcare, skilled trades, and supply chain.
Why should I take the time to register with SkillUp?
We know this might be a very stressful time for you and we've built SkillUp to quickly provide relief to you and others in need. Our free tool can help you discover in-demand jobs available to you now or after a short training program. It takes less than two minutes to get your personalized recommendations.
How much do the training programs cost, will I have to take on debt?
We’ve done our best to find the best free and low-cost training programs where available, but some do require tuition. That’s because we want to make sure they are worth your time and will help you prepare for in-demand jobs. Soon we'll be able to help you tap into available government financial aid and we're working with partners to raise funds to help cover your tuition costs.
Do you offer any financial support?
Do you provide personal coaching or other 1:1 support?
We do offer small group career coaching sessions (virtually) and also have a wonderful Facebook Community that connects workers and supports looking to network during their career exploration. You can find detailed information within the "Coaching & Community" Resource page.
The Future of Rapid Reskilling
With people living longer and changing careers more often, a new form of education — one that doesn’t end at a single vocational program or college degree — is going to be needed to put more people on the path to realizing their potential.
And that’s where SkillUp comes in.