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New Skills at Work

is JPMorgan Chase’s $250 million global initiative to help close the skills gap and create more opportunities for workers to obtain well-paying, middle-skill jobs—that is, jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a college degree.

As part of the initiative, we are providing cities and countries with data and analysis on the jobs that are being created in their communities, information on where there are skills gaps and strategies for how they can better train people for those jobs. We are also using these data to inform our targeted philanthropic investments to strengthen and scale the most effective workforce training programs around the world.

Regional and local New Skills at Work locations

National support

Map showing regional and local New Skills at Work locations and national support.

New Skills at Work Locations

Here are some of the findings from New Skills at Work supported research.


The Opportunity

Germany will have a shortfall of 1 million skilled workers by 2030.

The Challenge

In 2014, the youth unemployment rate was 8%—the lowest in the EU—yet 260,000 young people still fail to transition from school to work each year.

JOBLINGE provides skills assessments, training, individual counseling, workshops and internships that are enabling 270 unemployed youth to obtain apprenticeships in technical roles. BERUFSBILDUNGSWERK SÜDHESSEN adapts vocational training curriculum in elderly care to make it more accessible to young people with learning challenges.

United Kingdom

The Opportunity

By 2020, technology, health, engineering and the creative industries will need at least 1.5 million new recruits in London alone—and there are already 20,000 unfilled vacancies.

The Challenge

In 2014, the youth unemployment rate in the U.K. was 13%.

THE GOOD JOBS CAMPAIGN, developed by Citizens UK, connects young people with businesses needing talented candidates. With support from JPMorgan Chase, in its first year 500 young people from London state schools and colleges—as well as the 200 Citizens UK member churches, mosques, synagogues and community groups from across London—will receive employability training through the Campaign’s “reboot camp” and be guaranteed an opportunity to apply for a full-time role, apprenticeship or paid work placement with a Good Jobs business.

San Francisco, CA

The Opportunity

27% of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area are middle-skill positions.

The Challenge

26% of African Americans and 28% of Hispanics in the region hold an associate degree or above, compared with 62% of white residents and 57% of Asians.

YEAR UP BAY AREA prepares young adults for careers with the region’s largest employers. Year Up’s yearlong intensive training program includes hands-on skill development, paid corporate internships and classroom learning focused on professional and technical skills. Staff advisers and professional mentors provide ongoing support. Students can also earn college credit from Foothill–De Anza Community College and can continue on an information and communications technologies pathway. Seven of every eight students who complete the training program are employed and earning competitive wages or enrolled in college within four months of completion.

Columbus, OH

The Opportunity

Nearly 10,000 middle-skill job openings are projected annually through 2018.

The Challenge

Over 145,000 Central Ohioans do not have a high school credential—and nearly 30,000 young people are neither working nor in school.

THE CENTRAL OHIO COMPACT is a regional collaborative of dozens of school districts, higher education institutions, businesses and civic partners that is working to strengthen the region’s workforce development efforts. Through its FastPath program, it identifies available jobs, provides relevant training to unemployed and underemployed adults, and assists participants in securing jobs. JPMorgan Chase’s support is enabling the Compact to expand regional capacity and bring successful initiatives to scale.

Miami, FL

The Opportunity

38% of Miami’s jobs are middle-skill occupations.

The Challenge

Over 20% of Miami-Dade residents lack a high school diploma or GED.

THE EDUCATION EFFECT, a partnership between Florida International University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, aligns university expertise, resources and research-based intervention programs, such as dual enrollment, to increase high school retention and credential attainment of the students at Miami Northwestern Senior High School (MNW) and its feeder schools. After four years, MNW’s graduation rates increased from 64% to 76%. With the support of JPMorgan Chase, the Education Effect has also enhanced the welding program at MNW, expanding access to this middle-skill career for high school students and adults in the community.

Next Chapter: Youth Skills

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