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 to get the job;
- Expand opportunities for people to get the skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace; and
- 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: hiring practices are not working for anyone.
Many people have either the skills to fill those roles or the ability to learn the necessary skills. We help create the connections between capable job seekers who don’t have a traditional background and employers who need someone who 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 skill seekers have access to the learning and training they need to be successful.
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.
Opportunity@Work supports and leads TechHire, a national network of communities that create pathways for overlooked and underrepresented Americans to gain skills and access to open technical jobs across the country. The TechHire program works directly with communities and TechHire partners around the country putting these ideas into practice in the Information Technology industry.
TechHire communities work to create pathways for more Americans to access tech training and well-paying jobs. Launched from the White House by President Obama in 2015 with 21 communities, TechHire has grown to 72 communities reporting over 1300 employers, over 237 training providers, and 4000 people placed into jobs.