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Chicagoland Employers Commit to Hiring More Than 1,000 Unemployed and Underemployed Job Seekers through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in 2016
Commitments from 41 employers underscore Skills’ strengthening partnerships, ability to increase employee diversity and connect employers with local communities
CHICAGO—February 16, 2016—Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills)——announced today that 41 Chicagoland employers have committed to hire over 1,000 job seekers through Skills in 2016. With some of our key returning partners such as HMS Host, TrueBlue, Levy Restaurants, Rush University Medical Center and JPMorgan Chase leading the way with substantial year-over-year increased commitments, new employer partners for 2016 include Alliance Ground International, Aramark, Glassdoor, Grainger Industrial Supply, Mather LifeWays, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd., and Total Airport Services. Skills will add to this initial slate of commitments by establishing new employer partnerships throughout the coming year.
“We commend these employers for their commitment to reach deep into Chicagoland communities to find qualified, motivated job seekers to meet their hiring needs,” said Marie Trzupek Lynch, founding president and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. “Skills’ demand-driven model and access to an immense pool of talent allows us to serve as a connector between employers and the communities most in need of economic opportunity.”
Returning Employer Partners include: 1871, AIM Specialty Health, America’s Dog, Bank of America, BMO Harris, Braintree, CDW, Ceannate, Divvy, Freedman Seating, Gap Inc., GoHealth Insurance, Harris & Harris, HMS Host, Hudson Group, JPMorgan Chase, Levy Restaurants, NorthShore Health Systems, Rush University Medical Center, Shiftgig, SPR Technology Consulting, Swissport International LTD., The Warranty Group, TrueBlue, Ulta Beauty, United Airlines, University of Chicago, UPS, UST Global, Walgreens and Yelp.
Skills has continued to strengthen its relationships with existing partners and has made increasing inroads into Chicagoland’s tech and startup sectors, in which employers have seen value in Skills’ ability to provide qualified workers and increase the diversity of their employee base. Both Yelp and Shiftgig began its partnerships with Skills in 2015. Of the 20 candidates hired by both Yelp and Shiftgig, 65 percent were diversity hires. Both companies have doubled its hiring commitments with Skills in 2016.
“We were thoroughly impressed by the talented and motivated candidates that Skills provided us in our initial engagement, and we are excited to expand our commitment this year and encourage others in the Chicago technology sector,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO of Shiftgig. “Partnering with leading non-profit organizations like Skills is a key initiative of Shiftgig as it has allowed us to better cultivate a workforce of diverse backgrounds and personal experiences, which we see as a source of strength of our workforce.” said M. Bernadette Patton, HRMAC president and CEO.



About Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership committed to returning unemployed and underemployed job seekers to work by creating demand-driven solutions for employers committed to hiring this population. Skills meets the hiring needs of employers by connecting them with qualified job seekers and providing innovative, customized hiring solutions. Skills is governed by a board of directors comprised of 22 chief executive, finance and human resources officers from the Chicago area. The organization is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations. For more information, visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.