Skillful works with business, educators, and government—powered by technology—to help the nearly 70% of Americans without college degrees get good jobs based on the skills they have or the skills they can learn.

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated to enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy. In partnership with Microsoft and others, Skillful is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations.

At Skillful we believe skills are what matter, learning should be lifelong, pathways to education, training and employment are varied, and should be expanded even further. Skillful engages employers, educators, policymakers and workforce development organizations to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to secure good jobs. By focusing on a person’s skills, rather than their background, businesses can find the talent they need to grow, workers can find rewarding work in growing fields, and communities can better adapt to economic change.

Skillful, in close partnership with Microsoft and local organizations, works with:

Career coaches to equip them with the tools they need to help job seekers hone existing skills or acquire new ones and connect with good jobs.

Employers to focus their recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training processes on skills.

Educators to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to flourish in the 21st century economy.

Policy makers to integrate skills-based practices into their workforce development efforts.

Skillful fosters collaboration among them all, and offers training, tools, and innovative methods to augment local efforts.

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