Google, Walmart Award $5 Million for Workforce Development Innovation

Google, Walmart Award $5 Million for Workforce Development Innovation

Google.org and Walmart have announced grants totaling $5 million to three organizations that are testing solutions focused on "reskilling" American workers and matching their skills to new roles.

With the aim of developing a national model, the Drucker Institute will partner with the mayor's office in South Bend, Indiana, to integrate the city's educational and workforce resources so that every resident has access to skill-building help throughout their careers. The second grantee, D.C.-based Opportunity @ Work, a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential, will use its grant to build a hiring channel for underserved groups focused on skills and competency. And the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy will use its grant to expand the Inclusive Innovation Challenge, a global future-of-work prize that recognizes entrepreneurs harnessing technology to create more broadly shared economic opportunity and prosperity.

"No one organization can do this alone, and that's why collaboration between companies and expert groups is so important," said Jacqueline Fuller, president of Google.org, and Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president, chief sustainability officer of Walmart, and president of the Walmart Foundation, in a blog post. "As companies like ours help enable social innovators to try new things and see what works, we hope to see more philanthropic collaboration, along with effort from policy makers to scale proven programs. And we encourage other companies to join in similar efforts, through investing in training and education for their own workforce or in the broader workforce ecosystem to help build strong businesses and a healthy, thriving society."