Randstad US is committed to skilling 40,000 U.S. workers by end of 2021
Randstad US today announced it has signed three new partnerships through its TRANSCEND program with Cisco, TechBridge, and Urban Strategies, Inc., to provide skilling and job opportunities to disadvantaged communities and Americans looking to pursue careers in account management, financial services, non-clinical healthcare, and technology. The announcement comes as the American economy deals with a skills gap that could cost the nation $1.2 trillion in economic output over the next decade if employers do not take significant action.
The TRANSCEND program offers its participants opportunities to learn new skills that are necessary for today’s in-demand jobs, engage with key industry leaders, benefit from virtual training and work directly with companies that offer real career opportunities.
To help maximize the program’s impact, Randstad US has signed partnerships with corporate, nonprofit, and community organizations dedicated to closing the country’s skills gap. Those partners include:
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- Cisco: Cisco, which is leading the OneTen initiative to upskill, hire, and advance one million Black Americans over the next decade, will empower skilled individuals who lack a four-year degree with professional development, mentoring, business case competitions, and skills training from Randstad US.
- TechBridge: TechBridge and Randstad developed a national skilling strategy for participants looking to enter the technology fields. The partnership is developing curated courses that will develop technology and technology-adjacent skills, culminating in national technology certifications.
- Urban Strategies, Inc.: Urban Strategies, Inc., will serve as Randstad US’s national community partner and ensure its skilling initiatives reach and provide adequate resources to diverse populations. Urban Strategies, Inc., will work across its 30-plus community ecosystem to leverage its engagement with families and individuals to pipeline talent into the TRANSCEND program.
“By partnering with organizations like Cisco, TechBridge, and Urban Strategies, Randstad can help train individuals across the country on important skills that will unlock job opportunities and in-demand roles,” said J. Keith Brown, Director, Community Impact with Randstad North America. “By bringing together leaders from corporate America, training programs, and community organizations, Randstad is helping address systemic inequality on multiple fronts.”
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TRANSCEND’s first 2021 cohort started the initial training courses in March, with four more groups to follow throughout the year.
“TechBridge is thrilled to partner with Randstad, Cisco, and Urban Strategies to create opportunities that close the digital skills gap and level the playing field for diverse and untapped communities,” said Jahari Soward, Sr. Director of Workforce Development with TechBridge. “By removing barriers that lead to upwardly mobile careers we create economic equity for all.”
“USI is proud to join this partnership as we support families through this strategic and impactful economic mobility pipeline,” said Esther Shin, President with Urban Strategies, Inc. “Our equity centered work in the community will inform the strategies that support Americans to create pathways that are stable and thriving.”