Gap Inc announces expansion of its on-the-job training program
Gap Inc, the US-based apparel retailer, has announced to expand its on-the-job training program ‘This Way Ahead’. The company is aimed to cover 10,000 teens and young adults under its program by offering job coaching and critical first job experience by 2020. The program, launched in 2007, is a life skills and job readiness program, to help youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are from low-income communities land their first job. The brand has now extended its job readiness program to 53 cities globally. Additionally, it also introduces its year round hiring strategy. Gap Inc which retails its offering including clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta brands, has started inking partnership with non-profit organisations.
In view of success rate of the ‘This Way Ahead’, the brand is now planning to hire five per cent of all new entry-level store employees from the program by 2025. The retailer has announced to offer ‘This Way Ahead’ in 22 cities in US this year and is planning to reach in 60 cities by the end of 2020. The brand has inked a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Local Clubs will help youth to get in touch with hiring opportunities at Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy stores and will operate year-round. In partnership with Multi-Cultural Center of Tokyo, ‘This Way Ahead’ will be piloted at selected Gap and Banana Republic stores in Japan. In UK the program will be expanded from current 3 cities to 11 cities in UK. Additionally, the brand will also extend its on-the-job training program to its distribution centres in the US, beginning in Gallatin, Tennessee.