On September 16 & 17, 2019, NEBHE hosted nearly 40 employers, education providers and policymakers for a thinkers’ meeting on strategies to increase access to and completion of upskilling opportunities. Over the day-and-a-half meeting, participants discussed the needs and capacities and stakeholder groups, equitable access to upskilling programs and best practices in state policy.

Participants proposed a robust set of next steps and expressed an ongoing need for and commitment to cross-state dialogue on this and corollary issues.

Key Takeaways

NEBHE will seek to deliver on these suggestions, among others:

  • Toolkits and resources for employers, postsecondary institutions and intermediaries that detail upskilling and human capital retention strategies from across the globe, country and region
  • Improved infrastructure for employers and postsecondary education and training providers to connect and collaborate
  • Regional working groups on key issues such as credit for prior learning, tuition remission and other employer-provided benefits, and stronger engagement with small businesses
  • Additional tools and resources focused on key populations including people of color, new immigrants, and individuals post-recovery and/or formerly incarcerated


Dave Clayton, SVP of Consumer Insights, Strada: New England Consumer Views on Postsecondary Education

Jaime Fall, Director of UpSkill America, Aspen Institute: The Upskilling Movement & What It Means to New England