Workbay offers a career development platform with career navigation, skill building and badging, access to professional networks, recruitment, and jobs.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Communication, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Teamwork, Self-Awareness

Learner resources

  • Career cards describe high-demand careers with an online video library featuring real people in real jobs, offer links to local educational and training resources to address skills gaps, and link to from O*Net
  • Online training library with assessments and badges upon training completion
  • Ability to search for and apply for local job opportunities using mobile app
  • Text message and email support with nudging, invitations to interviews, training follow up, etc.

Administrative resources

  • Dashboard and Learning Content Management System to build courses with local job posting information, with ability to view students’ learning activity and correspond with employers about job opportunities and skills needed
  • Lesson plans with online content
  • Text message activity tracking on dashboard

Key Takeaways

  • Job seekers can use the platform to explore careers that match their interests, find local job opportunities, post resumes, and track job matches.
  • Job seekers can take online career training courses through the app, or other third-party training vendor, to acquire necessary skills for in-demand careers and add skills badges to their portfolio.
  • Adult educators can track student learning and skills building, align curriculum with local workforce trends, and advertise their program through job links.
  • Corrections institutions can offer courses such as high school equivalency, parenting, and finance for those preparing for re-entry.
  • Workforce boards can use the database to build programming to prepare job seekers for in-demand jobs.
  • The Workbay database can be shared with all stakeholders, including job seekers, employers, workforce boards, and educational institutions, using a common skills taxonomy provided by Workbay.
  • The platform can be used with a browser or as a mobile app.

Workbay was founded in Tennessee in 2015 by current CEO Mary Hayes and current president Alice Hayes, making it women-founded and women-led. They founded Workbay to provide underserved youth, justice-involved individuals, and underskilled adults with a way to build skills, track credentials from job training, and apply for high-demand jobs of interest. To connect their users to work, they engage employers, workforce boards, and educational and training providers with the platform. Workbay is one of five finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2023 Future Finder Challenge, which seeks to reimagine career navigation for adult learners.


Critical & Creative Thinking

Emotional Intelligence


Teamwork & Collaboration

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