This fall, Walmart will launch a return-to-work program for people who took time off for caregiving. The program is open to men and women who have at least five years of professional experience and took at least two years off from the workforce.
Led by Walmart Labs and Path Forward, the program places emphasis on learning and development of skills such as software engineering, product development, etc. The program lasts four months, after which qualified candidates will be considered for full-time jobs at Walmart.
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“We are on a mission to empower people to restart their careers after a pause for caregiving. By working with large corporate employers like Walmart we can create more opportunities and also shine a light on the many benefits and experiences former caregivers bring with them to the workforce. We applaud Walmart for their commitment to developing and empowering a new and diverse source of talent,” said Tami Forman, Path Forward’s executive director.
The news is not surprising, as CEO Doug McMillan reiterated the company's dedication to putting its employees first at this year's National Retail Federation's Big Show. In January, Walmart announced that it would increase the starting hourly wage for its U.S. associates to $11 and expand maternity and paternity benefits.