YUPRO ASA Elevate Award 2022

YUPRO Honored for Best Work-Based Training Program in U.S. Staffing and Recruiting Industry

[BOSTON, MA, Oct. 7, 2022]YUPRO’s IBM SkillsBuild Certification Program partnership has been recognized as a top job training program by the American Staffing Association. This national awards program recognizes the most innovative and effective work-based learning programs to train, upskill, and reskill temporary and contract employees. YUPRO has been recognized by ASA for three consecutive years as they continue to build career support services through the IBM SkillsBuild partnership and provide free certifications in IT and cybersecurity. This certification program is free to YUPRO’s entire talent community and is part of the IBM initiative to upskill 30 million people by 2030. 

YUPRO was honored for its partnership with IBM SkillsBuild, which provides early career young adults without four-year degrees the opportunity to build skills during either YUPRO contract assignments, YUPRO’s OnRamps@Work Apprenticeship Program, or YUPRO’s Job Seeker Bootcamp Program. The IBM SkillsBuild Certification Program partnership offers opportunities for talent to build their skills and confidence with a customized learning path based on their career aspirations. The ultimate goal of the YUPRO program is to break down barriers of job access for underrepresented talent and provide them with the tools they need to be successful in the workforce.

“Championing underrepresented talent and leveraging skills-based hiring are at the core of our organization,” said Michelle Sims, CEO of YUPRO. “Through our partnership with IBM SkillsBuild, we are able to provide aspiring adults without a four-year degree the opportunity to build skills through training programs and professional development opportunities. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by ASA and we’re proud to support over 1,000 active learners and are excited to serve more participants in the future.”

YUPRO will be honored during a ceremony at Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 25-27 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. For more information about YUPRO, visit yupro.com

For more information about ASA and the ASA Elevate Awards, visit americanstaffing.net.


Year Up Professional Resources, PBC (YUPRO) is the leading Opportunity Talent placement firm, offering a strategic, socially responsible alternative to the traditional corporate staffing model. Opportunity Talent refers to individuals from traditionally untapped talent pools. 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. Our shared social mission with our parent company, 501c3 Year Up, Inc., drives our talent placement, where fair market wages, economic mobility, and career progression are priority. At YUPRO, we match our 30,000+ diverse talent community with employer partners who commit to an inclusive workplace that starts with removing barriers for entry-level and middle-skill talent hiring.

About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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