Dressed in business attire and armed with resumes, thousands of young people in the Chicago-area converged upon the McCormick Place Convention Center in search of a job. This energetic and talented group of young people was invited to attend the Opportunity Fair and Forum on August 13, 2015, the nation’s first and largest hiring fair for youth people between the ages of 16 and 24, commonly known as Opportunity Youth. The Forum was the kick-off event of the 100,000 Opportunity Initiative, an effort to create pathways that young workers need to build skills, attain credentials and ultimately secure a job.
“The Forum not only gave young people the chance to meet and interview with recruiters from CVS Health, it also gave our team the opportunity to connect with incredibly smart, energetic and talented individuals, many of whom were invited to join our team,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health.
CVS Health is one of dozens of companies participating in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, including Starbucks, J.C. Penney, Alaska Airlines, and others. Launched in the summer of 2015, participating companies have all agreed to help Opportunity Youth find meaningful employment and ultimately achieve career success. Together, this coalition hopes to hire and engage at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018 through internships, apprenticeships, and even jobs.
While 100,000 Opportunities is a newly launched initiative, our company has an ongoing commitment to training and hiring young people. We have long-standing partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative, and were the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. Through that program, we’ve placed more than 1,500 colleagues in Registered Apprenticeship career tracks in retail pharmacy and management and have committed to doubling that number over the next five years.
“Today’s young people are the business leaders of tomorrow,” added Casey. “We’re committed to introducing them to careers in pharmacy and health care, and arming them with the tools they’ll need to succeed in their careers and in life.”
Visit www.100kopportunities.org to learn more.