Skillful, Strada Education Network, Ivy Tech Community College and The State of Indiana Announce New Tools and Training for Career Coaches

Today, we announced the first of a new suite of training and resources for career coaches to help connect unemployed workers to good, in-demand job opportunities. The new tools, developed with support from Strada Education Network, Ivy Tech Community College, and the state of Indiana, as well as with additional support from Cognizant U.S. Foundation and Microsoft, will help job seekers in the state of Indiana and beyond.

The new virtual, skills-based training program for career coaches is the first in a suite of training and resources developed to improve the support job seekers can receive from career coaches. This includes access to improved job data insights and tools for clearly articulating capabilities and transferable skills to employers. Career coaches provide a crucial source of support and guidance for job seekers at workforce centers, non-profit community organizations and community and training colleges. By identifying career coaching as an essential step to economic recovery, and investing in this area, we are leading the way for the rest of the nation.

Markle’s Rework America Alliance, a national collaboration of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor organizations and educators, is opening opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers to move into good jobs, particularly people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the current economic crisis, contributed to the development of the new training course; and seek to roll out the training to other community-based organizations nationwide to help career coaches more effectively and efficiently serve job seekers at this time of critical need - with further trainings to be added as developed throughout the year.

Organizations that employ career coaches and are interested in accessing this training and other resources, can contact skillsbasedcoaching@markle.org  for more information