Over the past few weeks, we’ve identified ways in which companies are working to empower employment – both in their local communities and beyond. From external outreach programs to in-house training and development programs to initiatives that help the long-term unemployed, more and more companies are finding innovative ways to combat the growing skills gap.
And the examples keep coming. Some companies, such as Rescare, are taking a philanthropic approach to ensure workers are equipped with the skills employers need, both now and for years to come. Rescare’s mission is to help people reach their highest level of independence and empower them to find career success. With that in mind, the company dedicates its Workforce Services division to training unemployed and underemployed people with the skills they need to find jobs.
“Every time a person finds a job…the community benefits, and ultimately the country benefits as well,” Rescare President and CEO Ralph G. Gronefeld, Jr. told The Hiring Site in an interview earlier this year. “We’d like to offer our services to companies that must close the gap between the skilled workers they need and the talent available in the marketplace.”
Learn more about Rescare’s mission here:
Get Involved: Ways Your Company Can Help
Corporate philanthropy not only helps the community overall, but they help increase employee engagement and reduce turnover. Rally your organization – from the top down – to get involved. Consider partnering with non-proﬁt organizations such as JobsCorp, Dress for Success, Goodwill, Salvation Army and United Way, which provide ample opportunities to volunteer and help out individuals and groups in need of support. Other ideas include:
- Sponsore a local career services fairs, where unemployed individuals can take advantage of free job search help, resume review services and interview practice
- Create companywide volunteer days where employees go to local schools to tutor or mentor students from low income families
- Have clothing drives so employees can donate professional interview attire to those looking for work.
- Partner with schools and non-profits – like Big Brothers Big Sisters - to educate students and motivate them to pursue higher education in the industries most in need of skilled workers.