New Skills for A New Tomorrow.

Give now to train displaced workers into high growth careers

The Problem

Millions of Jobs Lost

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented economic crisis, disproportionately impacting low-income individuals and those without a college degree working on the frontlines of our economy. Nearly 40% of those in households making less than $40,000 lost a job in March 2020 and 47% of job losses are expected to be permanent.

Our Solution

The Need for New Skills

27 million jobs will need to be filled over the next 5 years in high-growth sectors like technology, healthcare, and skilled trades. Displaced workers need short-term re-training to unlock these opportunities.

Granting Opportunity

The SkillUp Together Fund will give displaced workers a headstart by covering up to $1,000 in training costs and supports. By funding these scholarships, these grants will go towards unlocking each student’s potential and empowering thousands of Americans to achieve economic mobility.

If you are a worker seeking details on the SkillUp Together Fund, please visit here.

64,000

workers already on the platform

$5.3M

committed to date for the Skillup Together Fund

166

Workers have already received grants since Feb 2021

How It Works

The path to SkillUp is designed to make an immediate impact for displaced workers and students.
Here’s a quick look through their journey.

1
Recognize

that career choices have shifted and new skills are required to break into a new job or industry.

2
navigate

the different options that match their needs and apply the skills they already have.

3
Propel

into our training courses that are tailored to help them discover new skills and land a high-growth job upon completion.

4
LAUNCH

with skills for in-demand careers and job placement options to get them hired.

Programs generally take less than 6 months, graduate 80% of students, and offer $20,000 or more increase in annual earnings

“My Per Scholas journey was challenging but well worth it! The financial support from the SkillUp partnership has helped to support me through my IT Support Course by helping to provide me with my essentials and assisting my family with groceries. I am looking forward to starting my new career in Information Technology!”

Lia

Okundaye- Graduate from Boston

“I had no tangible qualifications to put on a resume and couldn’t afford training and exams for the IT certifications that I knew of. Merit America provided everything that I was looking for.”

Yves

Merit America: IT Helpdesk Technician

“I see myself becoming a developer and creating my own apps or software to help benefit people who are constantly on the go.”

Taneeisha

Generation USA: Software Tester

With a History of Success

We’ve partnered with quality providers who deliver comprehensive training and job placement programs, here are some key results:

82+%

graduation rate across our partner programs

75,000+

graduates have earned industry credentials across our partners

87%

of graduates from some of our partner programs are people who have been traditionally under Represented within the tech and healthcare industries.

Meet our Training Partners

Per Scholas is a national organization that prepares individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. With campuses in 14 cities, they’ve trained more than 11,000 people.

Generation works directly with employers to build custom 5-12 week training programs delivered at no cost to students across the country. The curriculum includes a mix behaviors, technical skills, and mindsets that student need to be successful on the job.

 

Merit America provides a path to skilled careers for adults without bachelors’ degrees through fast, flexible training programs focused on in-demand roles and partnerships with leading employers. Learners master technical and professional skills and work with coaches to transition to upwardly-mobile tech careers.

MedCerts is an eLearning platform that gamifies career retraining. It’s a self-paced, structured program that certifies people to work in Online Healthcare and IT.

Creating IT Futures reskills students in IT hardware and software. Everything from building computers to troubleshooting networks to securing data. Students also receive a suite of career services from resume building, mock interviews, career fairs and introductions to employers with open tech jobs.

Apprenti combines (1) a diversity-focused talent sourcing strategy, (2) a bias-reducing screening process, (3) 2-5 months of intense technical instruction, and (4) 2000 hours/one year of on-the-job training in order to create alternative recruiting pipelines into well-compensated roles in technology careers.

i.c.stars offers a hands-on, two-year job training program for talented, low-income young adults in Chicago and Milwaukee. Trainees develop advanced technical and leadership skills by responding to real RFPs from employer partners.

Our Partners

founders
Philanthropic Pioneers
training partners

Join Us

 

“SkillUp is helping to put America’s displaced workers back to work with new skills and better career pathways. The Charles Koch Foundation is proud to be a founding member of the SkillUp Coalition”

Ryan Stowers
Executive Director of the Charles Koch Foundation

Unlocking new economic mobility requires investment. If you share our urgency to empower a new skilled workforce from among COVID’s hardest hit populations, let’s talk.