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The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues as well as address the challenges it presents. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable U.S. workers to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s current workforce initiatives—Rework America and Skillful—build on Markle’s previous success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.
The Rework America and Skillful initiatives aim to enable all workers, especially the almost 70% of U.S. workers adults without a four-year college degree, to have the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital labor market. We aspire to make change at the national scale, to accelerate the efforts of others, and to have impact beyond the reach of organizations working alone or in silos. We aim to overhaul how employers hire and train, to reshape how people view their career possibilities, and to unlock career opportunities for millions of people who may otherwise be unable to access the futures they deserve.
Most recently, the Rework America Alliance was launched to help millions of workers move into good jobs in the digital economy by accelerating the development of a new system of worker training aligned to in-demand jobs. Formed in the wake of the pandemic, this nationwide collaboration aims to enable unemployed and low wage workers to emerge from this crisis stronger.
The Rework America Business Network, launched in 2018 with 11 founding large U.S. member companies which collectively employ approximately 2.2 million Americans. These companies seek to deepen their talent pools of qualified candidates and expand opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds by recruiting and hiring with a focus on individuals’ skills. Member companies also seek to explore how companies can better utilize a skills-based approach when it comes to learning and development.
The Skillful Initiative is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration of more than half of the Nation’s governors to accelerate the development and deployment of effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets.
The Manager National Alliance Delivery will assist with strategy development and the day-to-day execution of the Alliance Delivery activities within the Delivery workstream. This workstream is focused on providing products and services to organizations that serve jobseekers. Partners in the Delivery Workstream include National Urban League, UnidosUS and Goodwill Industries.Partnership Cultivation and Management