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  • Skillful

    Building a Skills-Based Labor Market

    Skillful

    Building a Skills-Based Labor Market

    Skillful

    Building a Skills-Based Labor Market

    Skillful

    Building a Skills-Based Labor Market

 

Skillful

Skillful works with business, educators, and government—powered by technology—to help the nearly 70% of Americans without college degrees get good jobs based on the skills they have or the skills they can learn.

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated to enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy. In partnership with Microsoft and others, Skillful is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations.

At Skillful we believe skills are what matter, learning should be lifelong, pathways to education, training and employment are varied, and should be expanded even further. Skillful engages employers, educators, policymakers and workforce development organizations to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to secure good jobs. By focusing on a person’s skills, rather than their background, businesses can find the talent they need to grow, workers can find rewarding work in growing fields, and communities can better adapt to economic change.



 

 

Skillful Stories


Aqua Hot Heating Systems is an advanced manufacturing company just north of Denver, Colorado that specializes in heating and cooling systems for RVs, commercial fleets, and school buses, as well as industrial and oilfield applications.

 


Bylo Farmer recently decided it was time for a new career. She had a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, but had been out of the field for more than 20 years. She wanted to start over in something fresh and exciting. She had heard a lot about advanced manufacturing as a growing industry in Colorado that offered good jobs, and she decided to sign up for courses at her local community college.

 

 

Markle Workforce Initiatives Advisory Board

Penny Pritzker

  • Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group
    U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2013-2017)

Brad Smith

  • President and CLO, Microsoft Corporation

Beth F. Cobert

  • Chief Operating Officer, Markle Foundation and Chief Executive Officer, Skillful (A Markle Initiative)