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Building the Foundation: Strengthening Public-Private Systems for Upskilling Workers

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): Walmart Giving

Service: Technical Assistance and Coaching

Expertise: Career Pathways


Millions of Americans are employed but lack key literacy, numeracy, or technology-related skills that would enable them to achieve economic mobility. The issue is especially acute in the service sector where 20 million people lack key foundational skills. World Education is a partner in Building the Foundation a new initiative led by the National Skills Coalition (NSC), with funding from Walmart Giving.

NSC is providing technical assistance to select states to align public and private investments and policy frameworks that enable adults with basic skills gaps to achieve economic mobility. The National College Transition Network (NCTN), a World Education project, is providing technical assistance to communities in selected states focused on designing and implementing a variety of up-skilling strategies that may include: integrated education and training to accelerate learning; education and career navigation/advising; applying braided funding approaches; and incorporating technological tools to expand the reach and quality of programs.

NCTN will identify best practices and tools and share expertise gleaned from implementing similar strategies in prior initiatives to assist localities in planning and implementation.