Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a non-profit organization established in 2012. Skills’ mission is to create demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed to work. Skills provides a bridge, offering access to existing jobs due to the relationships we have cultivated with employers and the commitments to hire that we obtain. In only seven years since our founding, Skills has put more than 7,300 under and unemployed job seekers in Chicago back to work and onto paths of greater economic mobility and self-reliance. Skills is able to bridge the "access gap" by providing the missing link between job-ready candidates and the positions employers need to fill.
Rather than duplicate services provided by other Chicagoland nonprofit organizations and workforce agencies, Skills works closely with employers to understand their internal processes, company culture, and unique talent demands. Skills then connects them with qualified job seekers to fill roles across an array of industries and occupations, and connects job seekers with additional support as needed for job readiness, and in the case of Skills’ youth programs, connect them with additional education, training/certification, career exposure, mentoring, and referrals.