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The defining challenge of our time is ensuring that all Americans are included in the benefits of the digital economy. After more than a decade of work in health and national security, the Markle Foundation has created Skillful to help restore the American Dream by expanding opportunities for better employment and broadening the ways Americans learn and train for the work of the future.

Skillful, a partnership among the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn, and the state of Colorado, provides transparency around the skills a job seeker has, the skills a job seeker needs, and where he or she can find training and support to get on the path to a good job. Skillful knits together online and on-the-ground resources that empower a job seeker to own his/her path to success, with personal coaching assistance to help them achieve their goals.

 

 

Impact

 

Skillful Stories


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.

 


Travis Little, a 33 year old resident of Loveland, Colorado, attended a Skillful workshop in search of a career path that would enable him to put his skills as a mechanical engineer to use in another industry.

 

A Call to Value Skills

  • Skillful: A Clear Way Forward

    Skillful is expanding opportunities for all Americans, including those without a college degree. Our goal is to help jobseekers access a variety of choices to achieve lasting success; for employers to find the skilled talent they need to grow; and for educators to train people in the skills required to compete in today’s economy.

  • Skillful: A Clear Way Forward

    Skillful is expanding opportunities for all Americans, including those without a college degree. Our goal is to help jobseekers access a variety of choices to achieve lasting success; for employers to find the skilled talent they need to grow; and for educators to train people in the skills required to compete in today’s economy.

  • Connecting Employers With Qualified Job Seekers

    Millions of good jobs are available in the U.S. and many don’t require a college degree. Skillful connects employers looking to hire with job seekers who have the right skills.
  • Connecting Employers With Qualified Job Seekers

    Millions of good jobs are available in the U.S. and many don’t require a college degree. Skillful connects employers looking to hire with job seekers who have the right skills.

  • Adapting to a Skills-based Labor Market

    The way job seekers and employers find the right match is changing and we’re helping them connect.

  • Adapting to a Skills-based Labor Market

    The way job seekers and employers find the right match is changing and we’re helping them connect.

  • Preparing Today’s Workforce for the Jobs
    of Tomorrow

    Employers need skilled, adaptable workers as technology evolves. Skillful is helping job seekers get the training and certifications they need to advance their careers.
  • Preparing Today’s Workforce for the Jobs of Tomorrow

    Employers need skilled, adaptable workers as technology evolves. Skillful is helping job seekers get the training and certifications they need to advance their careers.

 

National Partners

 

 

Events

  • LinkedIn Speaker Series:
    Allen Blue and Zoë Baird

    July 27, 2016

    VP of Product Management and LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue and Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird discussed how their collaboration on Skillful is helping job seekers acquire new skills and advance their careers.

  • LinkedIn Speaker Series: Allen Blue and Zoë Baird

    VP of Product Management and LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue and Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird discussed how their collaboration on Skillful is helping job seekers acquire new skills and advance their careers.

  • Skillful in Phoenix
    April 7, 2016

    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird, LinkedIn Vice President of Product Management and Co-Founder Allen Blue and Arizona State University representatives as well as job seekers, employers and educators from the greater Phoenix area and Maricopa County.
  • Skillful Goes Live in Phoenix

    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird, LinkedIn Vice President of Product Management and Co-Founder Allen Blue and Arizona State University representatives as well as job seekers, employers and educators from the greater Phoenix area and Maricopa County.

  • Skillful in Colorado
    March 17, 2016

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper joined Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird and LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue as well as job seekers, employers, and educators from across Colorado.

  • Skillful Goes Live in Colorado

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper joined Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird and LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue as well as job seekers, employers, and educators from across Colorado.

  • Markle Joins with National Partners to Create Skills-based Labor Market in Phoenix
    June 24, 2015

    Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird joined with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue, representatives of edX, the Maricopa Community College System, and Phoenix employers to announce a partnership to help transform the labor market in the digital age.
  • Markle Joins with National Partners to Create Skills-based Labor Market in Phoenix

    Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird joined with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue, representatives of edX, the Maricopa Community College System, and Phoenix employers to announce a partnership to help transform the labor market in the digital age.

  • Markle Joins with National Partners to Create Skills-based Labor Market in Colorado
    June 23, 2015

    Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird joined with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue, edX President and COO Wendy Cebula, and Colorado educators and employers to announce a partnership to better connect and support job seekers, employers and educational providers in a skills-based labor market.

  • Markle Joins with National Partners to Create Skills-based Labor Market in Colorado

    Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird joined with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue, edX President and COO Wendy Cebula, and Colorado educators and employers to announce a partnership to better connect and support job seekers, employers and educational providers in a skills-based labor market.

 

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