Employment rates for people with disabilities remains chronically low while the overall employment continues at a high level for others. Employers struggle to find talent, while many millions of people all over the world with disabilities are unemployed. The pandemic is driving businesses to accelerate their digitization efforts and further increasing the demand for IT talent. Most people with disabilities want to work and are capable of filling knowledge worker roles but often lack the education, skills or experiences to be considered for these jobs. As a result, the employment challenges for individuals continues and the overall labor participation rates for people with disabilities are not progressing.
To solve this skills gap, and to enable transformative employment opportunities, we are building training academies that provide people with disabilities with certified skills that lead to high paying IT jobs. Our initial prototypes leverage the Cisco Networking Academy program to develop certifiable IT skills that leads to a high paying jobs and careers. The certification the students receive is portable globally.
We leverage the best practices of each Bridge academy program to continually increase our impact and candidate success.
Global Impact...so far:
Access to a large untapped talent pool, positive brand and business impact, and tte opportunity to positively imact the community and the world.
Great first step to an employment opportunity and a meaningful in-demand job, which is the foundation for a great life.
All of Us:
Our opportunity to help deserving people, and transform lives...in the process we will have our own lives enriched.