A look at upskilling models making a difference for workers, employers, and the economy

Upskilling is a necessary workplace trend designed to help employees develop new abilities and close the skills gap.

Because of its importance in today’s workforce environment, we thought we would take a closer look at a sample of upskilling models making a difference:

  • Apprenticeship Programs: According to the Aspen Institute’s Upskill Playbook, there are apprenticeships in over 1,000 occupations, blending classroom instruction with on-the-job training and education. The U.S. Department of Labor created a toolkit for employers interested in building their own program. Click here to download the PDF.
  • Pre-employment Training: These programs help individuals prepare for employment before they begin to work. In 2018, McDonald’s launched Youth Opportunity, a program that provides work readiness and “essential skills” training to prepare individuals for entry-level positions.
  • High School Equivalency, Certificate and Degree Programs: Many employers are working with education and training entities to help their employees complete their education. One outstanding example is Disney Aspire, a program offered to over 80,000 employees of The Walt Disney Company.

For more information on upskilling models and their benefits to workers, employers, and the economy, visit Upskill America.

An initiative of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Employ Buffalo Niagara is an employer-led coalition of employers, community leaders, educators and providers coming together to address systems-level workforce issues like upskilling. To learn more about Employ Buffalo Niagara and find out how you can get involved, click here or reach out using the contact information below.


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