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SkillUp Finger Lakes aims to improve workforce

SkillUp Finger Lakes is a free on-line training program. Programs may be accessed by residents and businesses to train for new job opportunities, or to increase your skills at your current workplace. All eligible residents can take classes, explore career pathways and even prepare for various industry-recognized certifications, all for free and all from home. Through an online portal, Finger Lakes Works provides free access to over 6,000 courses from Skillsoft, a nationally recognized training provider of workplace, business, technical and IT courses. Since launching last year, over 300 users have registered for SkillUp® Finger Lakes. 

This is self-paced learning that can be accessed from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection, 24/7. Participants  will complete a self-assessment of their skills to identify skill gaps, and automatically receive recommended courses to remediate those gaps. Job seekers can train in essential workplace skills, study job interview talking points and search for employment opportunities locally and nationwide. Industry recognized certifications through the Industry Certification Tracks page, provides training for exams like CompTIA, Microsoft Office, Project Management, Six Sigma, AWS, and more! 

To enroll online, visit here.

If you need more assistance, or are interested in additional career services – visit one of the Finger Lakes Works Career Centers here.

Local businesses can also take advantage of SkillUp® Finger Lakes for new hire training or hiring. Custom curricula can be developed specific to a particular employer or industry. Businesses can also access the platform’s employer portal to identify skilled candidates or list job openings. 

The new Employer Candidate Screening tool can assist employers with hiring needs. This screening tool sends a skill assessment to a participant to test their current skill level. Results are emailed to the employer, to better assist a candidate’s skills level meet the criteria for hire. Participants under-skilled for a work position, may take courses to improve skills for employment.  

Interested employers can contact Michael Woloson at Finger Lakes Works Business Services via email at [email protected] or phone at (315) 789-3131.

For mobile device users, 85% of Metrix Learning courses are mobile friendly. Metrix has also introduced 1Huddle, an application for users to take shorter gamified courses from their phone. To sign up for 1Huddle, please reach out to the Finger Lakes Works office, or [email protected].