Our Mission

Our non-profit coalition is made up of over 60 world-class training and education providers, tech firms, employers, and philanthropies dedicated to helping workers get rehired for high-growth jobs.

SkillUp Coalition

Joining Together for America’s Workers

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 gives workers the opportunity to build new skills that are suited to in-demand jobs with promising career paths.

Just one year later, SkillUp comprises over 60 organizations including training and education providers, tech firms, employers and philanthropies. We  have connected over 500,000 workers to career and training supports throughout the country and are eager to reach 1 Million in the coming months.

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.

1 Year Anniversary

Hear from recent Per Scholas graduate and SkillUp Together Fund recipient, Brianna, as she shares her upskilling journey from custodian to IT Support Specialist.

FAQs

General Questions

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?
Our SkillUp Together Fund launched in February 2021 and provides up to $1,000 in assistance for workers participating in select training programs. You can find detailed information within our SkillUp Together Fund tab at the top of our site or https://www.skillup.org/skillup-together-fund-grants/.
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.

Stay Connected with SkillUp

Benefits of subscribing to SkillUp communications:

  • Early access to new training programs and financial support opportunities
  • Personalized notifications for career coaching sessions and new job resources
  • Connect with our team to share your experiences, inform our services and follow our partner providers