Publication Date: November 11, 2021
How Skillful will support the Rework America Alliance to open opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers
When the pandemic triggered the current employment crisis, it threw workforce efforts into the spotlight and magnified the need for us to do more to create opportunities for workers in low-wage roles to get good jobs with good wages as the economy recovers.
Markle moved quickly to assemble a group of organizations eager to support our goals to address this challenge in a way that had not previously been possible – which led to Markle forming the Rework America Alliance.
The Rework America Alliance, a unique partnership of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, educators, and others, works to help millions of unemployed individuals and those in low-wage roles to move into better jobs. The focus of the Alliance is to help people who have built capabilities through experience but do not have a bachelor’s degree – particularly people of color and women as they have been disproportionately affected by the economic crisis.
The Alliance draws on Markle’s expertise from its previous workforce initiatives, including Skillful, and on the support of our committed group of local and national partners. While our core goal remains the same – to open opportunities to economic mobility to all workers in America – we are now focusing our efforts on expanding our reach through the Alliance. This will allow us to achieve the impact that matches the aspirations we held when we launched Skillful more than five years ago.
The expertise, capabilities and tools built through our Skillful initiative have been fully embedded in the Alliance. We are taking the learnings from our Skillful work with career coaches, employers and others, as well as the resources and training course developed, to worker-serving organizations nationwide. We will continue to share Skillful tools , and expand these popular resources, through the Alliance – along with tools from our partners. You can access the growing suite of Alliance tools and resources here.
This is an exciting time for Markle and Skillful as we expand our reach through the Alliance in our shared mission to help millions of individuals from lower wage roles move into better jobs in cities and states across the country. We look forward to continuing our work together.