Many companies have programs specifically designed to equip new hires with the skills necessary for success in their new positions and to prepare them for the next step in their careers.
Amazon Web Services
AWS Educate is available to veterans, transitioning military personnel, and their spouses residing in the United States as part of the White House Joining Forces initiative. AWS Educate provides access to credits, training, and the option to choose their desired cloud career. AWS Educate delivers a personalized path that includes content, knowledge checks, and badging that guides them through the learning process. By offering cloud computing training, AWS Educate can help veterans and their spouses transition into the civilian workforce and develop the skills necessary to pursue jobs in the high-demand cloud computing space.
- About AWS Educate — Helping Veterans Skill Up for Cloud Careers
- Video: Your Journey to a Cloud Career with AWS Educate
- News: Amazon recruiter, a former U.S. Army captain, eager to open door to veterans (November 2016)
- News: Amazon creates tech apprenticeship for veterans (January 2017)
- News: Amazon welcomes first graduates of program to turn veterans into technologists (August 2018)
Disney’s CODE: Rosie program gives women employees in non-technical roles an opportunity to switch careers. After three months of training—in everything from basic computer-science concepts to programming languages such as Python—they’ll segue into a yearlong apprenticeship consisting of two six-month chunks in different teams within the company. Then they’ll have the opportunity to take a job within one of Disney’s technical groups. Among the aims of Disney’s own 700-member Women in Tech group is attracting talented women to the company’s engineering ranks and then keeping them happy once they’re there. It was that goal that led to CODE: Rosie’s unique mission. (Excerpted from How Disney is turning women from across the company into coders.)
- News: 125,000 Disney Employees to Receive $1,000 Cash Bonus and Company Launches New $50 Million Higher Education Program (January 2018)
- News: How Disney is turning women from across the company into coders (May 2018)
In an op-ed in the New York Times, Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, announced a pay increase for 18,000 minimum-wage workers and discussed the company’s $200 million upskilling investment in thousands of entry-level employees.[i]
Los Angeles Rams
To better prepare their customer-facing employees, the Los Angeles Rams have turned to phone-based games. By using games on handheld devices, the Rams are teaching their new Los Angeles-based employees the history of the franchise as well as sales techniques and strategies to prepare them for success.
Manpower MyPath Program
The Manpower MyPath program includes a full college tuition coverage program offering eligible US associates the opportunity to pursue a college education through Western International University, along with career counseling to help associates make career choices that are right for them. MyPath provides associates with assessment, guidance, development, and an education that positions them for career opportunities with Manpower in the US. In 2017, ManpowerGroup expanded its MyPath program through a partnership with University or Phoenix to offer more degree courses in a wide range of in-demand subjects including cybersecurity, information technology and health administration.
- News: Manpower brings world of work expertise to education in response to employer demand for skills AND experience (May 2016)
- News: Manpower U.S. Offers Career-Focused Degrees, in Partnership with University of Phoenix, Helping People Learn In-Demand Skills for the Future of Work (September 2017)
- Report: Solving the Talent Shortage: Build, Buy, Borrow and Bridge (June 2018)
- News: ManpowerGroup Signs Workforce Development Pledge to Upskill More than 130,000 U.S. Workers (July 2018)
Service Employees International Union Labor-Management Training Funds MOBILE UP Program
In California, long-term and home health care companies, and facilities service companies, provide MOBILE UP training over cell phones through to accelerate education and career advancement for service workers. MOBILE UP training accelerates learning through anytime, anywhere instruction over any mobile phone in partnership with Cell-Ed. The program primarily assists low-income immigrant incumbent service workers employed in building and facility services as well as long-term and home care positions so they can gain skills and improve their English language skills.
The Walmart Academies are a network of facilities where frontline hourly supervisors and assistant store managers receive hands-on training in retail fundamentals, leadership skills, and the specifics of how to run individual store departments. The training is designed to help associates be successful in their careers and to meet the changing needs of customers.
- News: Walmart Opens First Training Academy in South Carolina (December 2016)
- News: Walmart outlines 2017 goals for American job growth and community investment (January 2017)
[i] “Jamie Dimon: Why We’re Giving Our Employees a Raise,” The New York Times (July 12, 2016).