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Skills Gap? SkillUp

We make it easier for employers to train their workforce.

Cuyahoga County’s SkillUp service helps businesses produce highly skilled workers using a structured training process that aligns with business needs and industry standards.

SkillUp was recently recognized by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program (See page 21) as a best practice when it comes to solving the skills gap.

Why is Cuyahoga County Offering SkillUp?
  • To help employers grow and compete in a global economy
  • To help residents advance in their professional careers, increase their skill levels, and increase their wages
  • To create a workforce that is a competitive advantage for Northeast Ohio

Since the initiative’s launch in February 2017, the SkillUp advisory team has provided personalized training solutions to 38 businesses in Cuyahoga County. Additionally, participating workers have experienced annualized median wage increases of about $2,600, while the County has received increased annual taxable income yielding at least twice its investment.

How We Help Employers Solve Their Skills Gap:

  • Expert Advice
    • We help you to define your workforce needs and skill requirements
    • We’ll identify if training is the best solution
  • A Custom Roadmap
    • We create a plan to evaluate your employee’s skills and train them
    • The plan includes job duties, instruction, credentials and on-the-job training
    • Your employees will be able to attain recognizable portable credentials
    • You’ll be provided with options for technical instruction and credentialing
  • Training Process Management and Financial Incentives
    We provide a structured training process and will reimburse you for out-of-pocket costs

    Coordination and Support Services
    o Our advisors provide you with:
    • Guidance for employers
    • Success coaching for employees
    • Coordination of resources and training

    Select Trainees from Any Talent Source
    o You can choose participants from a variety of sources:
    • Existing employees
    • New employees
    • Temporary staffing agency workers

    Financial Incentives
    o You will be reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket costs:
    • Expenses for training and credentialing
    • In-training wage increases
    • Up to $25,000 for each trainee