The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed. This new funding will help broaden the reach of a program that was started in 2010 in five U.S. markets serving 1,342 women, to serving an expected 12,250 women in 45 communities.
“We are very excited to be able to further assist the working women of our area,” said Bethany Campbell, workforce solutions director at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “Each woman in the program will receive a complete career assessment including job training, placement services and additional support to help them achieve economic security and advance in their careers.”
Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holistic approach to job training, placement and family financial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women to provide them with the tools they need to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.
Once participants are placed in jobs, they receive support to retain them, to further their education, and to advance in careers within their chosen industries.
Long-term unemployment among women remains a problem, both locally and nationwide. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 26 percent of the women who lost their jobs during the recession have regained them.
Among the tools provided by the Beyond Jobs program are continued financial education, family strengthening services, connections to early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.
For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/women.