What They’re Saying: Businesses are Ready to Join the President to UpSkill America

In his State of the Union address and again at Boise State days later, the President called on more employers to adopt or expand measures to help workers gain the skills and credentials to advance into better paying jobs – including by expanding registered apprenticeships, increasing uptake of tuition benefit programs that pay for a worker to complete their college education, offering on-the-job training for career progression, and increasing access to technology-enabled learning tools.

Tonight, I'm also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships — opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education.

– President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

This initiative to Upskill America includes important steps by employeers, educators, and others in the private sector. That's why more than 30 employers are already answering the President's call to grow apprenticeships, support thousands of workers to earn a college degree for free while they are working, and providing a clear path upward for employeers who develope and demonstrate critical skills in the field. It's also why President Obama is calling on Congress to invest over $ 2 billion to expand registered apprenticeships and spread high-quality training programs. 

Spreading best practices like these can ensure employers get the skilled workforce that they need, while workers get an opportunity to realize their full potential and earn more. It's no wonder councils and business groups are allready talking about this new initiative. Here's what they're saying: 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company 

PG&E is setting a new goal of filling 75 percent of management vacancies from within PG&E by 2019, providing opportunities for upward mobility and growth for team members. These programs are targeted to individuals considering supervision, crew leaders, newly hired or promoted leaders, supervisors, and others, up to PG&E’s officer level.

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