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Markle’s Rework America initiative seeks to transform America’s outdated labor market so that all Americans – especially those without a bachelor’s degree – have opportunities to thrive in the digital economy. Rework America aims to help workers have greater market power and a stronger voice in decisions that impact their lives, by making skills the basis on which we hire, train and advance employees.
Through the development of collaborative networks, Rework America has built a coalition of diverse leaders from technology, business, labor, education, and the public sector committed to developing bold, practical, non-partisan solutions. Taking a collaborative, cross-sector approach, Rework America seeks to develop and educate on policies and practices among educators, training providers, employers, policymakers, technologists, and workers themselves, so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to, and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy. By establishing clear, accessible paths to quality jobs and lifelong training Rework America is working to enable the dignity of work for all Americans.
The Rework America Business Network (RABN), launched in 2018 with 11 founding large U.S. member companies, explores how companies can better utilize a skills-based approach when it comes to hiring, learning and development. With the goal of enabling more Americans to succeed in good jobs, the network shares effective workplace practices, works to encourage more U.S. companies to adopt these practices, and advocates for resources and policies to support the adoption of a skills-based approach.
The Rework America Alliance is an unprecedented nationwide collaboration to enable unemployed and low wage workers to emerge from this crisis stronger. The Alliance aims to help millions of workers, regardless of formal education, move into good jobs in the digital economy by accelerating the development of an effective system of worker training aligned to jobs that employers will need to fill.
Rework America Learning Network (RALN) is a developing collaboration among innovative training providers, practitioners, organizations, and leaders working to build the skills of adults who do not have a bachelor’s degree. The network will initially collaborate on establishing the groundwork to develop and educate on innovative federal learning policy aligned to the overall focus of the network on the needs of working adults in the digital economy. In the future, the network will explore developing a learning practice innovation and advancement workstream.
The Skillful State Network (SSN) is a non-partisan collaboration of governors from more than half the states in the nation which provides a forum for state leaders to share and accelerate workforce development. The SSN provides an engaged network of policymakers with whom the work and ideas of the Rework America networks can be shared, to evolve ideas and more broadly implement solutions.
The Rework America Task Force (RATF), launched in 2017, comprised of more than 50 leaders from business, education, public sector, non-profit and other sectors and paved the way for the development of the RABN, and the other networks. Its members continue to contribute to the work of the Rework America initiative.
The American economy is undergoing a transformation unlike anything we have seen since the Industrial Revolution. Technological change is dramatically reshaping the economic landscape; automation and artificial intelligence are changing the very nature of work. By harnessing the same digital technology that is disrupting our economy, we can connect all Americans—especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree—to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs.
Today, there are more unfilled jobs than Americans looking for work. By focusing on skills, America can help workers access new opportunities while also bringing more people into the labor force.
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