Preparing for the Future of Work

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills)

Skills is a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Since its launch in 2012, Skills has placed over 4,500 job seekers into jobs with 60 businesses across multiple industries, focusing on Chicago neighborhoods most affected by unemployment. In 2017, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation partnered with Skills to launch “Beyond the Diploma,” an innovative demand-driven youth employment initiative that connects unemployed and underemployed youth to jobs with career pathways and educational advancement.

Related Investments

  • City Colleges of Chicago

    The City Colleges of Chicago is a system of seven community colleges and six satellite sites that provide learning opportunities for residents of the Chicago area. The system serves more than 80,000 students and employs approximately 4,000 faculty and staff members. City Colleges of Chicago is launching its first-ever iOS Bootcamp that will teach students how to create apps for ipads and iphones and it is scaling its successful Cyber Security Bootcamp. Courses will be taught at Kennedy-King and Truman College. In addition to taking classes, students will have access to internships and entry-level job opportunities. The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is proud to support City Colleges’ efforts to develop a diverse IT workforce in partnership with local IT employers.

  • Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

    The Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance collaborates with employers and other workforce stakeholders to increase employment, earnings, and racial equity for underprepared workers in the Chicago region. The Pritzker Traubert Foundation, an early member and funder of the Alliance since its inception in 2012, serves as co-chair of the Alliance’s Pro Path Fund, which aims to engage employers and better align education and workforce strategies. The foundation is also actively involved in launching a Fund to Scale Apprenticeships in partnership with the Funder Alliance, other foundations and local employers.

  • Council on Foreign Relations

    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to helping stakeholders better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. CFR recently sponsored an independent task force to assess issues of current and critical importance regarding the Future of Work. Penny Pritzker and John Engler chaired the Task Force. The Work Ahead report was released in April 2018.