Initiatives

Company-led

The initiatives

Company-led efforts target their own workforce or look to support the broader workforce and community. Companies are able to mobilise resources and make significant investments in skills training for their own workforce, for the businesses in their value chains and the citizens in their broader community.

Career Explorer by Linkedin

The path into a new role isn’t always clear and one of the biggest barriers is understanding how the skills you have translate into jobs. To tackle this, LinkedIn built an interactive Career Explorer tool that helps job seekers understand how the skills they already have map to thousands of different jobs. The tool highlights additional skills job seekers may need to build, with links to relevant LinkedIn Learning courses and open jobs in their region. The dashboard is still in Beta and will be evolving, improving, and rolling out globally in English with additional localizations in the coming months.

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Citizen Verizon by Verizon

Citizen Verizon is the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Citizen Verizon empowers Verizon to deliver on its mission to move the world forward through action by expanding digital access and resources, protecting the climate, and ensuring people have the skills needed for jobs of the future. Through Citizen Verizon, and the key pillars of Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection and Human Prosperity, the company is committed to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030, supporting 1 million small businesses with resources to help them thrive in the digital economy by 2030, achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2035, and preparing 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030.

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Global Skills Initiative by Microsoft with Linkedin and GitHub

One of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities. Microsoft, along with LinkedIn and GitHub, launched a Global Skills Initiative aimed to bring more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide. It works by using data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them; providing free access to learning paths and content to help people develop those skills; and providing low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people pursue new jobs.

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HR Valley by The Adecco Group

In these uncertain times, the changing world of work poses challenges that cut across all employers. These macro-issues require a multistakeholder approach, as no single entity can solve them alone. To bring to bear the expertise of academia, business, government and civil society, The Adecco Group, BCG and the University of Zurich have joined forces to launch the Global HR Valley. The initiative is housed in the University’s Centre for Leadership in the Future of Work. This coalition aims to drive a research agenda, informed by its consortium of stakeholders, that will create data and insights that decision-makers across all sectors can use to drive organisational strategy, practice and competencies related to talent. Emotional intelligence research, as applied to organisation, is at the core of what is being explored, particular the switch to empathic leadership driven by a transformation of company-wide processes. The initiative is underpinned by practical research, testing, and implementation experiments to move toward a more inclusive future of work where HR is not just an enabler, but a driver of transformation.

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MicroBachelors by edX

MicroBachelors® programs are built for learners with some or no college experience looking to develop skills to create new education and career opportunities. Designed by top universities and influenced by Fortune 100 companies, edX’s MicroBachelors programs come with real college credit, providing the option for the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, but are built to focus on immediate job-relevant skills to explore and progress down career paths. Making sure that individuals don’t have to wait years to change their future.

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MyPath initiative Manpower Group

MyPath by Manpower

MyPath empowers employees to access new, high-growth roles by providing accelerated upskilling, on-the-job training and certification through providing timely guidance on potential job transitions.

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New World New Skills Initiative PwC

New World. New Skills. by PwC

PwC’s New World. New Skills. initiative builds on its work upskilling each of its 284,000+ people around the world to ensure they are prepared for the digital world. PwC is convening a much broader group of stakeholders to address the future of work and its many implications. Crucially, PwC is doing this through supporting its clients and through its community programmes, and by convening a much broader group, including governments and other stakeholders as they address the skills agenda. This three-pronged approach is crucial to ensuring upskilling at scale.

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Pathfinders Online Institute by Infosys

Through the Pathfinders Online Institute, a free digital learning platform, the Infosys Foundation USA will provide high-quality computer science and maker education content to K-12 students, teachers and families in the United States to ensure that all young learners have access to critical 21st century skills, especially among under-represented communities.

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Preparing People for the Future of Work by Unilever

Unilever’s commitment to prepare people for the future of work reflects the responsibility we feel to generate and sustain employability. While we may not be able to offer permanent, full-time, fixed jobs for life, we want to ensure that our people are equipped with the skills required to protect their livelihoods. Therefore, we will ensure that all our people are reskilled or upskilled to have a future-fit skillset, by 2025. In addition to skills development, we will pioneer new employment models, partnering with our unions and employee representatives, to provide our people with flexible employment options, by 2030. Beyond our organisation, we will help equip 10 million young people with essential skills to prepare them for job opportunities, by 2030.

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RBC Upskill 2.0 by the Royal Bank of Canada & FutureFit AI

RBC Future Launch is partnering with FutureFit AI to provide young people across Canada with an AI-powered Career GPS that profiles their skills and interests, recommends career pathways leveraging real-time labour market information, and builds a personalized roadmap to connect them to a wide-ranging marketplace of work experiences, learning, mentorship, and career supports. The platform will also serve as a skills bank that allows organizations to maintain a record of the skills economy, conduct analysis on the labor market, and leverage those insights to enhance their own programming.

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Trailhead Initiative Salesforce

Trailhead by Salesforce

Trailhead is Salesforce’s free online learning platform with self-paced, bite-sized content that gives everyone the tools to learn the technologies and skills necessary to land a great job in today’s workforce, regardless of where you live and what your background may be. More than 2.5 million learners have skilled up by earning over 28 million Trailhead badges in Salesforce, business, partner and soft skills.

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Workforce Recovery Initative by Coursera

In April 2020, Coursera began offering free access to Coursera for Government for national, state, and local governments to help displaced workers navigate the route to their next opportunities. To limit decision fatigue by displaced workers, contextualize learning to capabilities, and anchor upskilling to areas of industry demand, collections of courses have been curated for jobs readiness, to help a worker train for an entry-level role in a field of high demand as well as to support displaced small business owners, gig and independent workers.

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