Skillful has developed resources, partnerships, and initiatives to help the nearly 70% of people in America without college degrees get good jobs based on the skills they have or the skills they can learn – creating new opportunities for success in the digital era.

As a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, Skillful’s focus has been on 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 developed skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations.


Skillful tools, expertise and resources are now shared through Markle’s Rework America Alliance which is working to help millions of unemployed and workers from low-wage roles to move into good jobs. 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 so we can achieve the impact that matches the aspirations we held when we launched Skillful more than five years ago.


We believe skills are what matter, learning should be lifelong, pathways to education, training and employment are varied, and should be expanded even further. Employers, educators, policymakers and workforce development organizations must work together 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 has worked 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.

Skillful has fostered collaboration, and developed training, tools, and innovative methods to augment local and national efforts.

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