PLEASANTON, CA–(Marketwired – May 13, 2015) – The Workday Foundation this week kicked off its first ever Workforce Week, a global volunteer initiative that is aimed at providing technical job seekers from underserved communities with the skills required to gain well-paying jobs.
Established in 2013 with a stock grant from Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, the Workday Foundation’s mission is to transform lives by creating pathways that unleash human potential. The Foundation partners with organizations that are focused on breaking the cycle of poverty by creating lasting economic security through meaningful employment. The Foundation also offers opportunities for Workday employees to contribute their time and money devoted to these and other causes. Since its launch, the Foundation has contributed more than $2 million in cash grants and 10,000 hours of Workday employee volunteer time dedicated to these organizations and other local community support efforts.
Highlights from Workforce Week include:
- More than 12 Workday offices across the U.S. and Europe will partner with local job-seeking support organizations to host a variety of workshops that will provide job seekers with important skills such as resume writing, job interview preparation, business etiquette, and more. The focus will be on assisting youths, women, and military veterans currently seeking careers in the technology field.
- Workday will partner with Veterans2Work to host military veterans at its headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif. Each veteran will receive a week of certification training on a key IT application to better prepare them for the workforce and help open doors to additional employment opportunities. The Workforce Week activities build on efforts from earlier this year in which Workday contributed talent resources to Veterans Talent, a project led by a coalition of public and private organizations to demonstrate the power of using open data technology to match unemployed veterans with employers.
- Workday will partner with YearUp and Wardrobe for Opportunity to host a clothing drive to provide clothing that will be used by underserved job seekers for job interviews.
“The Workday Foundation believes that the first step towards economic independence for people is to become a viable job candidate,” said Carrie Varoquiers, president, Workday Foundation. “Unfortunately, not everybody has access to the right resources and skills development to make that a reality. With the incredible support of our partner organizations and employees who are part of Workforce Week, we believe we can empower these job seekers with the tools they need to land a career with solid growth potential.”
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