Specifically, we invest in organizations that:
We believe expanding training and career pathway programs will help more workers and jobseekers gain the skills needed for middle-wage careers. But, too often, having the right skills is not enough. People of color and workers with low incomes often lack access to the professional networks that frequently lead to middle-wage careers, and people of color also face racial discrimination that restricts opportunities to find or be interviewed for a middle-wage position. This creates a less diverse pool of applicants and often reinforces hiring biases already at play.
Better Careers grantees understand the work beyond job training. They are addressing the access gap head-on — in partnership with individuals, employers, organizations, and communities — so all Californians have the access and opportunity to get hired into quality jobs and get ahead.
Through our grantmaking and partnerships, the Better Careers initiative seeks to: