SkillUp Coalition Partners with OneTen to Drive Economic Prosperity for Black Talent in the United States

SkillUp forms strategic partnership with the leading national coalition committed to hiring and advancing Black Americans without a four-year degree over the next decade

SAN FRANCISCO, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SkillUp Coalition, a national collaboration of nonprofits, training providers and employers, today announced that it has partnered with one tena coalition designed to bridge the opportunity gap for black talent in United States working with top American leaders, businesses, and talent developers to hire and advance one million black Americans without a four-year degree into family support roles.

As an approved aggregator of talent developers, Level Up joins a growing portfolio of leading educators, remedial specialists, and professional training providers committed to providing in-demand skills for in-demand jobs with the nation’s top employers. Specifically, SkillUp connects job seekers to a quality, vetted training catalog of over 500 short-term (12 months or less) regional and national training programs that match in-demand career fields. More than 300 programs can be taken online or in hybrid environments and 79 programs are offered on free of charge. The SkillUp ecosystem also provides career exploration, career coaching, and resources to support workers at any stage of their career journey.

“SkillUp’s direct-to-worker approach allows us to connect and promote best-in-class resources to our talent community of over one million job seekers,” said Elissa Salas, Vice President of Partnerships and Operations, SkillUp Coalition. “We are thrilled to partner with OneTen to bridge the gap between employer engagement and action for black talent.”

This partnership is more important than ever because while the job market is booming, the racial wealth gap in America remains wide, in large part due to the lack of access to quality, well-paying jobs that don’t do not require university degrees: 79% of jobs paid more than $50,000 require a four-year college degree, which automatically excludes the 76% of black talent over 25 with relevant experience who do not have a bachelor’s degree. In an economy where black people own just 1.5% of America’s wealth, leveraging multi-stakeholder partnerships is critical to promoting diversity and fostering pathways to earned success.

“We are thrilled to partner with an organization that is as committed as we are to increasing opportunity and upward mobility,” said Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen. “Together with SkillUp, we will strengthen the talent ecosystem of top employers and talent developers to place qualified black talent more quickly in jobs that support families.”

SkillUp and OneTen plan to empower and support the need for a diverse workforce by placing black talent in badly needed jobs as the war for talent continues. By addressing unmet business needs, helping candidates find fulfilling employment, and enabling more people to transition into careers with salaries that can support their families, an inclusive work culture is at hand.

About the SkillUp Coalition

Founded in July 2020, SkillUp Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects workers with the right tools, resources and support so they can change careers with confidence, find quality jobs offering a living wage and positioning themselves for promising career growth. Since its inception, SkillUp has connected 1 million workers to career and training assistance nationwide.

The coalition brings together more than 90 leading organizations, including training and education providers, technology developers, policy makers, employers and philanthropic organizations. In addition to its national reach, SkillUp operates local LevelUp partnerships in the bay area, Los Angeles, Florida, Louisiana, Northern Nevada, Philadelphia, New York City, and Ohio.

SkillUp proudly champions an affordable, fair, and upskilling ecosystem that ensures every worker has a job with plenty of opportunity. For more information, please visit or follow instagram, FacebookWhere LinkedIn.

About OneTen

OneTen is a coalition of leading business leaders and their companies coming together to develop, hire and promote one million black people who have yet to complete a four-year degree in family jobs with career opportunities. progress over the next 10 years. OneTen connects employers with talent developers, including leading nonprofits and other skills certification organizations that support the development of diverse talent. By creating a more equitable and inclusive workforce, we believe we can reach our full potential as a nation of united citizens. OneTen recognizes the unique potential of everyone – every individual, every company, every community – to change the arc of America’s history with black talent. Join us at, where everyone can make a difference.

SOURCE SkillUp Coalition

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