MIAMI, Fla. – Global venture firm and startup accelerator gener8tor today announced the kickoff of a new Skills Accelerator cohort with support from JPMorgan Chase, YWCA South Florida, and Microsoft. The gener8tor Skills Accelerator expands the Miami Digital Skilling in Action program, an initiative launched in 2021 to help Miami residents build digital skills necessary for employment in a post-COVID-19 economy.
The gener8tor Skills Accelerator is a free, virtual, rapid-skilling program for people seeking local or remote/cross-country employment in high-demand jobs. The Accelerator is designed to help those who have lost their jobs or are struggling to find employment. Founded in summer 2020, the program has grown from 19 participants in Northeast Wisconsin to 1,400 individuals across
the United States. Participants receive certificates in high-demand career tracks and job placement support into new roles with greater salaries and opportunities for advancement.
“The possibilities for more of Miami’s under-resourced communities to train for and find meaningful employment in high-demand areas aligns perfectly with our mission,” says YWCA South Florida CEO Kerry-Ann Royes. “We are very grateful to JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft for this investment in our organization, gener8tor and our community’s future.”
“We’re thrilled to work with JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and YWCA South Florida to bring this program to life and bolster the technology and sustainability industries in Miami,” said Cole Shearer, gener8tor Skills vice president. “Our team has seen incredible Skills graduates experience life-changing impacts from the program in other parts of the country, and we’re excited to bring that same impact to the community of South Florida.”
At the end of gener8tor’s Skills Accelerator, participants will graduate with professional certificates from LinkedIn Learning and gener8tor, continuing their career growth through gener8tor job-placement services and ongoing alumni support channels.
Individuals interested in learning more about the Skills Accelerator and resources or applying to a future program are encouraged to visit the gener8tor Skills Miami Accelerator website.
gener8tor is a global venture firm and accelerator network that supports startups, workers, employers, artists and musicians across race, place and gender. gener8tor partners with companies, governments, universities and nonprofits to operate programs and conferences in more than 41 communities across 22 states and two countries. Fast Company named gener8tor one of the Best Workplaces for Innovators in 2021 and 2022. The International Trade Council recognized gener8tor as the Global Venture Capital Firm of the Year in 2022.
ABOUT SKILLS ACCELERATOR
gener8tor Skills Accelerator is a free, virtual, rapid-skilling program for people looking for jobs in high-demand roles in their communities or working remotely for companies across the country. The program utilizes the LinkedIn Learning platform to provide high-quality instruction in fields ranging from customer service to software development. The Skills program supports over 1,000 graduates annually, and since its launch in 2020, the accelerator has successfully placed over 500 graduates into better jobs creating over $30M of economic growth within the communities served. The Skills Accelerator provides programming for under and unemployed individuals and those that face barriers to employment because of systemic discrimination and intolerance.
ABOUT YWCA SOUTH FLORIDA
YWCA South Florida seeks to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Combining direct service programming and advocacy, YWCA South Florida works across three key areas: racial justice and civil rights; empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls; and health and safety of women and girls. The organization has been at the forefront of some of South Florida’s most significant social issues since it was founded in 1920 and has worked to improve the lives of more than 3.1 million adults and children.