You’ve probably heard the terms “Diversity and Inclusion” in the workplace, as many companies in Corporate America have begun implementing task forces that focus on creating a more inclusive culture. A culture that is needed now more than ever.
These terms do not only include race and gender. Being inclusive means hiring those from different economic backgrounds, various education levels and other factors that may set an individual apart. This type of differentiation strengthens the production of new ideas and outlooks, increases problem-solving and influences organizational growth. By focusing solely on education or work experience, you may miss out on a hidden talent pool of top employees.
It’s no secret that we all aren’t given the same opportunities for success. Many individuals in our community face multiple barriers to entering the workforce, whether it be a lack of access to affordable education, transportation or a background. By not having qualifying credentials or relevant training, it is very unlikely that individuals with these barriers will acquire sustainable employment.
In 2017, Tyton Partners measured that over 103 million adults in the United States could benefit from education-to-employment ramps to put them on the same level of those who have had access to these opportunities by default.
In order to create a community of equal opportunity and inclusion, we have to be innovative. Society’s outlook on employment is changing, and StepUp Wilmington is playing an active role in creating that change by vetting and training individuals that may be your company’s missing piece.
Are you hiring? Reach out to Bennett (Bennett@StepUpWilmington.org) to find out how you can hire diverse, pre-screened and trained individuals from StepUp Wilmington.