Our focus on workforce development encompasses education, training, skills development, career coaching, mentoring, internships, apprenticeships and unrestricted grants to select organizations.
At Guardian, we’re not only committed to ensuring our workforce is prepared and trained with the skills they need to be successful as the future of work evolves, but we are also investing in our communities to empower the next generation of talent with access to the tools and training they’ll need to be able to succeed.
We partner with the Business-Higher Education Forum and its member companies and colleges to develop new approaches and pilot programs that help bring in-demand skills-based education, in fields such as data science, to colleges and universities. By leveraging the experience of our employees, Guardian has served as part of this coalition to help colleges and universities prepare undergraduate students for data-intensive jobs in the financial services industry that fall outside of accounting and finance.
We are also proud to be a founding partner of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the NYC Center for Youth Employment. Through this partnership, we have supported the CareerCLUE program for two years. CareerCLUE is a for-credit summer program that provides high school students with a blend of academics, exploration on jobs in the green economy, personal development and learning activities. This initiative provides unique work experiences for young people and builds a homegrown, diverse pipeline of talent for local companies. In addition, Guardian employees help students learn how to perform environmental assessments in their own schools.
We've also partnered with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development to provide approximately 20 internship opportunities to New York City high school students through their Ladders for Leaders program.
We provide unrestricted grants to support Year Up, a leading nonprofit that helps young adults transition from poverty to successful careers in one year. Year Up’s cutting edge training programs are designed to prepare the next generation of knowledge workers with the hard and soft skills they need to meet the evolving needs of the world of work.
We are also dedicated to doing our part in advancing a diverse leadership pipeline for careers in technology. We provide unrestricted grants to Per Scholas, a nonprofit committed to opening doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities, with a particular focus on building a more diverse technical workforce. And we serve as a Clubs program sponsor of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, with a focus on building the largest female engineer recruiting pipeline in the U.S..
In 2017, we began a program of small-debt forgiveness through our Money Management for Life program. Students at Northampton Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and Berkshire Community College whose student loan debt would have prevented them from continuing their studies can have their debt forgiven once they complete a financial management course, work with a financial professional to achieve academic and career goals and complete their degrees.
In Appleton, Wisconsin, we partner with Harbor House, a domestic violence shelter that offers resources such as legal and economic advocacy, to provide an eight-week course called Step Up. The program includes assessment testing, résumé building, mock interviews and mentors from Guardian who help participants reignite their careers and reclaim their lives.