Rework America Alliance

The Rework America Alliance is working to help millions of unemployed workers from low-wage roles move into better jobs. A unique partnership of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, educators, and others, the alliance formed to respond to the employment crisis created by the pandemic that brought into stark relief the inequities in the labor market. The alliance is focused on opening opportunities for workers who have built capabilities through experience but do not have a bachelor’s degree—particularly for people of color who have been disproportionately affected by the current economic crisis.

  • Rework America Alliance Resources

    For the community:

    Rework Community Insights MonitorOff-site link
    The Rework Community Insights Monitor provides a metro-level view on good jobs and training within local labor markets. The tool shows the most prevalent industries and occupations, how many of these jobs are accessible to workers without a bachelor's degree, and more.

    Digital Skills BuildingOff-site link
    The Rework America Alliance has compiled free tools and resources to help workers build digital skills, or the capabilities needed to use devices, data, and computers. Specific skills include problem solving with technology, using basic tools (such as Microsoft Word or email), and interacting with computers or other devices.

    Rework America Alliance TrainingOff-site link
    This training provides a framework for the workforce ecosystem to identify effective and affordable training opportunities for low-wage workers to secure higher-paying positions.

    For job coaches and other worker-facing organizations:

    Career Coaching TrainingOff-site link
    This training provides a series of modules to identify nontraditional career pathways, postsecondary training options, and career exploration data sources. It also teaches career coaches how to analyze the local, regional, and state-level economic data and how to prepare themselves and their clients with basic digital skills.

    Job Progression ToolOff-site link
    The Job Progression Tool is a digital tool designed for career coaches that enables them to support job seekers without a four-year college degree. The tool determines advancement opportunities based on career shifts that other workers have achieved historically.

    Rework America Alliance Résumé BuilderOff-site link
    This resource highlights skills that job seekers have learned through their experiences and positions them to market themselves to careers in other fields.

    For employers:

    Employer ToolkitOff-site link
    The toolkit offers implementation tools and resources to help employers adopt inclusive sourcing and hiring practices.

    Skills-Based Talent Management TrainingOff-site link
    These self-guided training modules focus on the key pillars of skills-based hiring: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training and advancement to help employers modernize their hiring methods so that they reduce hiring bias and improve employee retention.

    Job Posting Generator for EmployersOff-site link
    The resource helps companies write job descriptions that fill positions faster by attracting a diverse set of talented applicants and removing biased language.

  • Publications

    Unlocking Experience-Based Job Progressions for Millions of WorkersOff-site link
    The Rework America Alliance describes actions we can take to build a more inclusive economy—and power an equitable recovery from the pandemic—by recognizing the capabilities acquired by workers through experience, particularly those workers without a four-year college degree.

    Rework America Community PartnershipsOff-site link
    Rework America Alliance launches local partnerships to help unemployed workers move into good jobs by working with local community-based organizations. This is an important step forward in scaling our Rework America Alliance work nationally and fostering an inclusive economic recovery.

    An Open Letter from Zoë BairdOff-site link
    The letter, signed by Markle CEO and president Zoë Baird, explains the need for a new collaboration between nonprofits, governments, and employers to help workers in low-wage jobs move into career pathways with family-sustaining wages and to address the weaknesses in the workforce system.

    Rework America Alliance: Helping Workers Move into Good JobsOff-site link
    This Atlanta Fed Workforce Currents article discusses the Rework America Alliance initiative to help workers move into good jobs.

  • Partners

    The Markle FoundationOff-site link
    Markle formed the Rework America Alliance, drawing on experience from its workforce initiatives, Skillful and Rework America. This work follows Markle’s success in collaboratively creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled the transformation of information sharing for better decisions related to health care, national security, and access to the internet.

    National Urban LeagueOff-site link
    The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 91 local affiliates through the development of programs and public-policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people annually nationwide.

    McKinsey & CompanyOff-site link
    McKinsey is proud to be a partner in the Rework America Alliance and contribute data-driven insights to help light a path for workers toward resilient, higher-wage jobs that have historically been out of reach for those without degrees or traditional experience.

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