Gap Inc an­nounces ex­pan­sion of its on-the-job train­ing pro­gram

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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.

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