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.
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.
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.
workers already on the platform
fund recipients have secured new careers since the fund launch
Workers have already received grants since Feb 2021
Hear from recent Per Scholas graduate and SkillUp Together Fund recipient, Brianna, as she shares her upskilling journey from custodian to IT Support Specialist.
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.
that career choices have shifted and new skills are required to break into a new job or industry.
the different options that match their needs and apply the skills they already have.
into our training courses that are tailored to help them discover new skills and land a high-growth job upon completion.
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!”
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.”
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.”
Generation USA: Software Tester
With a History of Success
Job Placement from our partner programs
Increase in salary earnings among placed graduates
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.
NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.
Austin Career Institute is an award-winning licensed vocational school in Austin, Texas offering hands-on training and job assistance in well paying, in demand careers
Climb Hire trains diverse and determined talent to break into new careers.
Propel America helps young adults move from high school into a career and higher education
Create Computing Careers recruits and trains individuals who may have otherwise felt a career in tech was unattainable
ForgeNow trains adults in all stages of life for in-demand, well-paying careers
“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”
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.