Resources for Employers

A wide variety of professional materials are available to help employers understand the benefits of employer-educator partnerships and provide guidance in forming and sustaining partnerships. The resources on this page have been selected for their relevance to the needs and interests of employers and evaluated by subject matter experts.

Materials listed here include fact sheets, issue briefs, research and survey findings, conference summaries, meeting presentations, action plans, handbooks, model programs, toolkits, and templates for questionnaire development and event planning.

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  • Apprenticeship for the Modern World: How Employers are Building America's Workforce Through Competency-Based Work-and-Learn Programs (2017)

    This report contains examples of emerging and successful models of industry-led competency-based work-and-learn programs that — while not universally labeled "apprenticeship" — are producing results for individuals, companies, communities, and the nation. These models point toward a new vision for redefining and retooling competency-based apprenticeships for the modern economy.

    Featured models include Information Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, Residential Property Management, Transit, and Construction.


  • UpSkill America (2016)

    The UpSkill Initiative is an employer-led effort to create clear career pathways for the tens of millions of America's workers in low-wage, frontline jobs to gain the skills needed to progress into higher-paying jobs and realize their full potential.

    UpSkill resources of interest include UpSkilling Playbook for Employers (2017) and Developing America's Frontline Workers.


  • White House Fact Sheet (April 2015)

    Supporting the Upskill Summit on April 24, 2015, the White House released a Fact Sheet that highlights commitments from leading employers across the nation and new resources that make the case for why these efforts are essential and how companies can join in.


  • Grads of Life: ROI & Cost Benefit Analysis (2014)

    Grads of Life is a national initiative that harnesses the power of the private sector to stimulate an employer-led movement to create pathways to employment for opportunity youth (ages 16-24). The Return on Investment and Cost Benefit Analysis guide is designed to help employers measure social and business value, understand costs, and estimate ROI.


  • Connecting Youth & Business. A Toolkit for Employers, Gap Inc., (2012)

    The toolkit was created to guide employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth, with the goals of 1) helping youth find pathways that will lead to productive adulthoods; 2) creating benefits to the businesses that engage opportunity youth; and 3) improving community outcomes which can lead to decreasing the financial burden now experienced by the American taxpayer and the United States.


  • A Toolkit for Maine Employers: Implementing Workforce Supports to Encourage Employee Training and Education, Maine Development Foundation (2011)

    This toolkit provides information, resources and ideas to assist organizations that want to take steps to support employee education and training.


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