People are at the core of our business, and every product we design has people at the center. We also believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not, whether it’s because of a person’s nontraditional educational path, diverse work history, or financial constraints. It’s our commitment to people and opportunity that served as the catalyst for the Opportunity Onramps™ movement.
Building the Opportunity Onramps Movement
Opportunity Onramps provides training, internships, and job opportunities for nontraditional candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Everyone can join the Opportunity Onramps movement and help close the opportunity gap. As members of the Opportunity Onramps community, people lend their skills and knowledge to help connect driven individuals to in-demand careers, and if they so wish, bring the Opportunity Onramps movement to their businesses to create further collective impact.
Opportunity Onramps Programs at Workday
At Workday, we host Opportunity Onramps programs.
Since 2014, we’ve partnered with Year Up to provide internships to talented, motivated young adults from under-served communities to help them launch their careers in tech.
Through our six-month paid internship, participants gain valuable training in a career at Workday, ranging in areas from quality assurance and software development to marketing and more. To date, we’ve hosted over 50 Year Up interns and are proud that more than 70 percent of our program participants have converted to full-time roles. Our Year Up alumni community at Workday is a vibrant part of our organization.
For veterans, the shift from military to civilian careers can prove difficult. But with the Workday Career Accelerator Program (CAP), a four-month paid program, veterans get the training needed to launch a successful career in technology, with the potential to convert to full-time employees at Workday.
We’re proud to say that 80 percent of our CAP participants have converted to full-time roles at Workday, spanning across functions from software engineering to quality assurance and more. And, as we continue to expand CAP, our program alumni are acting as leaders and mentors in support of other veterans as they launch their careers at Workday.
For parents and caregivers who have put their careers on pause for an extended time period to care for their children or loved ones, the resume gap can feel daunting. In September 2018, we launched the Workday Returnship Program to help parents and caregivers who put their careers on hold for more than two years get a jump-start back into the workforce and rebuild their active resumes. Our four-month program provides parents and caregivers with the training and support needed to relaunch their careers where they left off.
Our Returnship participants bring a diverse set of skills and experience that enhance our community at Workday. And, we’re thrilled that 90 percent of our returnship participants successfully converted to full-time roles.
Our Commitment to Workforce Development
While we encourage employee volunteerism of any form, we align our company-sponsored volunteer opportunities throughout the year with our focus on workforce development. Here’s a look at our employee engagement around the world.
Workforce Week at Workday
We started Workforce Week at Workday in 2015. Workforce Week is aimed at making a difference in the life of a job seeker by helping to connect them with in-demand careers. Through mock interviews, campus tours, resume reviews, and mentorship, Workforce Week provides opportunities for companies and their employees to help connect motivated individuals of all ages with well-paying careers.
In order to enable others to take part in the Opportunity Onramps movement to close the opportunity gap, Workday now offers a free toolkit participating organizations can download to implement Workforce Week at their companies. The turnkey toolkits provide guides that are full of workforce development training resources, including suggestions for partner nonprofits, draft event agendas, employee communications, and more.
At Workday, Workforce Week is our largest global employee volunteer event and over the past four years at Workday, it has grown exponentially. In 2018, Workmates in more than 20 offices participated in campus tours, resume reviews, mock interviews, and mentor sessions, and provided advice to help job seekers advance their careers.
Workforce Week 2018