<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=880568375352524&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

25 Sites. 10 Years.

Champion economic mobility and transform lives—bring our jobs-first workforce development model to your city or region!

We provide significant staff resources for customized training and consulting, seed grants, and assistance in sourcing local sustainability funds. Explore the benefits of joining the Skills network!

cash flow icon
Increase the economic mobility of thousands of unemployed job seekers in historically underinvested neighborhoods
employer checklist icon
Align employers’ hiring needs with diverse, job-ready talent and collaborate with workforce organizations​
magnifying glass examining gears icon
Access data, expertise, shared learnings, and resources to implement a jobs-first approach
network icon
Connect with a deep network of national employers across varied industries
HubSpot Video
a web diagram of the current umemployed job seeker's journey versus how it should be

Changing the Current Workforce System

While most workforce development agencies employ a “supply-driven” approach and focus on reskilling applicants, Skills starts by going directly to the job source—employers— to understand their hiring needs, company culture, and long-term human resources goals. We fill available positions with unemployed and underemployed individuals, serving as a connection, coach, and advocate.

Skills' jobs-first model connects underserved job seekers with companies committed to hiring diverse, qualified talent. We act as the last mile for the unemployed but the first mile for businesses.

Learn more

Replicating the Model

We're expanding to new locations, placing historically underserved individuals into meaningful employment, resulting in career growth and increased economic mobility for thousands of individuals. 

We provide seed grants and staff resources to launch each site and partner with key stakeholders to adapt to the local needs and culture of each workforce ecosystem.

We are excited by the opportunity to continue to grow Hyatt’s partnership with Skills on a national scale and are optimistic about the transformative impact a jobs-first model can have on those most in need of employment opportunities.”
Mark Hoplamazian President & CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation Chair of the Board, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
 

These national employers have hired diverse talent through the Skills model

Supporting Our Network

Thanks to the generous support of our funders, we've been able to expand the Skills model. Special thanks to the organizations and individuals who have invested $25,000 or more in support of Skills for America's Future.

aviv-foundation

 
Mike & Cindy Bonds
 
Dennis & Joan Berger
 
The Community Focus Fund at the Chicago Community Foundation

econ-opp-challenge


Mark Hoplamazian
& Rachel Kohler

Mark & Pam Kendall

lever for change


Joe & Elizabeth Pomerenke

stand-together-foundation logo-150x50

suffolk

The Donald E. Thompson & 
Kathleen Wilson-Thompson Family Fund
of the Ayco Charitable Foundation

walmart-org

Transform Lives.
Champion Economic Mobility.