Where careers launch,
companies level up, and the
world shifts accordingly.

Take the first step. Pledge your commitment to adopting a skills-first hiring strategy and gain access to our National Opportunity Workforce, an exclusive network of mission-aligned training providers and ready-to-work talent skilled through alternative routes (STARs).

Our #skillsfirstjobsnow campaign brings together an ecosystem of employers, workforce development organizations, and upskilling providers that commit to hiring, training, and advancing traditionally overlooked talent.

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Job placement with social impact is better business.

YUPRO Placement is the nation’s leading skills-first placement firm connecting forward-thinking employers, community organizations and traditionally overlooked talent to drive businesses forward.  Since 2014, companies of every size and sector have trusted YUPRO Placement as their preferred staffing partner to deliver strategic, skills-based hiring solutions with access to diverse, career-ready talent from an exclusive network of mission-aligned nonprofits and upskilling partners.  YUPRO Placement creates higher-wage job opportunities for talent skilled through alternative routes, building true career and economic mobility for their National Opportunity Workforce.

Our employer partners have access to a diverse talent community at various career stages who have the technical, professional, digital, and interpersonal skills required for in-demand jobs.

We match our talent with employer partners who commit to an inclusive workplace that starts with removing barriers for entry-level and middle-skill talent hiring.

Fair market wages and career progression are priority at YUPRO Placement.

Our Mission

A social mission that comes with a business strategy

We partner with our parent company, Year Up, Inc., and other mission-aligned training providers to build our community of talent so that visionary companies can access our robust, untapped talent pipeline, hire smarter, and optimize business performance.

A skills-first hiring strategy is vital to business success

It’s true. A commitment to a skills-first hiring strategy at the core of every successful business today’s work environment. A skills-first hiring strategy acknowledges that talent is universal but opportunity is not and access to higher education is a barrier to a disproportionate percentage of people of color. Building a talented and equitable workforce of nontraditional candidates results in fresh ideas, new approaches, more productive teams, and stronger business performance.

We bring your DEI vision from commitment to concrete action

Employers often struggle to find, assess, hire, and retain candidates. YUPRO Placement provides you with access to 100K trained and ready-to-work talent through the National Opportunity Workforce. Our recruiters and certified coaches use personalized skills assessments and career readiness resources to match talent to your needs and support on-the-job success.

How We Work

It starts with our trained talent community

The YUPRO Placement talent community is comprised of qualified, dedicated, and motivated ready-to-work candidates who complete rigorous upskilling programs with our training provider partners to launch their careers in industries such as IT and business operations.

Companies perform better

Our Employer Partners are forward-thinking, visionary companies with access to our database of skilled candidates. We help them navigate and integrate a skills-first into their hiring process. The result? Businesses get smarter, people perform better, and success happens on an ongoing, long-term basis.

Training Provider Partners thrive

Our partners are training providers developing the workforce of tomorrow. We provide them with our turnkey, award-winning job search skill building and placement services to augment their programs and access to our network of Employer Partners to drive positive outcomes.

Social Impact Drives
Business Performance

Together, we’re making a social impact

As a Public Benefit Corporation, our mission-driven business plan considers our stakeholders, values, and impact, in addition to profit.

Our social metrics support our employer partners’ hiring strategies and business results while placing an increasing number of talent in fair market wage roles offering them upward career mobility.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard

And we don’t stop there. We return our profits to Year Up, Inc., and the non-profit partners that train and serve our talent community.


95% of YUPRO Placement experience positive outcomes for program completion and conversion to full-time employment, far exceeding the industry average of 68%

YUPRO Placement talent average hourly wages exceed the U.S. BLS average wage by 7%

Average tenure is 13 months, compared to the industry average of 10 weeks

YUPRO Placement Values


We put our Talent community first.


We value every voice.


We are relentless in pursuit of our mission.


We are accountable to metrics that matter.


We encourage balance because world-shifting work is challenging.

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Awards and Affiliations

Our Talent Partners

Our National Opportunity Workforce is 100K+ career-ready talent upskilled by our mission-aligned Training Provider partners below, as well as other pathways such as certifications, bootcamps, internships, and community college coursework.  We support all talent in our network with job placement, upskilling courses and certifications, and access to wraparound supports, webinars, career services, and more. With every placement, our Training Provider partners receive a proceed to further their mission.

Our Upskilling Partners

We are grateful to our upskilling partners who share our commitment to provide historically overlooked talent with the resources to skill up throughout their careers and who join in our mission to build a more equitable and inclusive workforce.

Our Parent Company

Year Up, Inc., is an award-winning, national 501(c)(3) organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies.

Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 36,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up is active in 35 campuses across the U.S., including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org