What We Do
We have a vision for how the labor market can better serve the American people – especially those who have been overlooked and underrepresented in today’s economy.
Too many individuals with the skills and potential to be successful are overlooked in today’s labor market. We envision a future where talented but overlooked individuals are ‘screened in’ based on skills, not ‘screened out’ based on pedigree.
Opportunity@Work builds partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leaders, and job seekers to create pathways to meaningful jobs and fulfilling careers.
Our work is anchored by three pillars: transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways, and pioneering talent financing. Real impact on the labor market can only be achieved at the intersection of these three pillars, and we are committed to leading these efforts across the country.
Through Opportunity@Work initiatives and programs, we aim to:
Change hiring practices so that Americans who can do the job get the job
Expand opportunities for people to get the skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace
Ensure that everyone can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy
With about half of employers reporting difficulty filling open positions and millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed with little job mobility, one thing is clear: traditional hiring practices are not working for everyone.
Many people have either the skills to fill those roles or the ability to learn the necessary skills. We help create connections between capable job seekers who don’t have a traditional background and employers looking for talent that can do the job. We provide solutions that make it easier for employers to hire based on competency and potential, not pedigree. We pursue partnerships with educators working to ensure that individuals who have been overlooked or underrepresented in the tech sector have access to the learning and training they need to be successful.
Affordable job training and education should be accessible to anyone with the aptitude and motivation to learn. We work with educators and training providers to identify the skills that people need in today’s economy.
High interest rates and significant debt should not be a prerequisite for getting the training and skills necessary to get a better job. That's why we are pioneering solutions that go beyond traditional loans. We are creating innovative financing products that protect the job seeker, allow for appropriate risk-sharing, and is financially sustainable.