The huge nonprofit Goodwill is ready to help with career pathways and helping those who are struggling to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Through a partnership with the Hope Street Group and financial backing from Walmart Giving, Goodwill is moving forward in creating and testing a career navigation program entitled GoodPaths that will be supported by an online segment that offers workers with the support they need to pursue their career path.
GoodPaths is arriving at a crucial time - according to reports, employee turnover in retail is currently at a record high since before the Great Recession, with almost 4 million retail stores in the U.S. that support 42 million positions nationally. And out of those, almost 40% have experienced an increase in employee turnover since the start of 2018.
Wendi Copeland, senior vice president of strategy and advancement at Goodwill, commented, “In the future, career navigators may be employees of businesses or service providers like local Goodwill organizations; today, this is being piloted with local Goodwill employees. Career navigators may be supervisors, trainers, coaches or others who are assigned to support employees as they empower themselves to advance their careers in an ever-evolving and increasingly-complex labor market.”
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