David Frederick is currently a retail sales employee in Miami. He moved to Florida from Haiti in 2008 in pursuit of a better life. As a freshman in high school, David participated in a mentoring initiative — one part of the AT&T Aspire program where he met the staff from Year Up and started on a pathway to a full-time job at AT&T.
David’s story, shown in this video, is an example of why AT&T is an undisputed leader in giving its employees opportunities to learn and grow. And that our business will continue to need new talent with the latest skills every year.
According to McKinsey, our country is likely to have a shortage of about 40 million high-skilled workers and 45 million medium-skill workers by 2020. That’s why we continue to invest tremendous resources, attention and thought toward building the future talent pipeline, in general and for AT&T.
That’s where our AT&T Aspire program comes in. At AT&T we’re working with successful organizations not only to cultivate a deep and diverse talent pipeline for AT&T, but also to train and educate future workers for America as a whole: we reach into schools, and we reach into communities to help teach our students how to be successful in school, but also how to provide them with life skills that make them successful in their careers.
It’s two sides of the same coin, ultimately leading to a stronger and more resilient workforce and country.
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A few examples of our efforts include the following organizations:
We support Girls Who Code alumni by actively sharing internship and full-time opportunities with girls who have participated in summer or club programs.
We supply internship opportunities to young people from Genesys Works, allowing them to work in some of our core business units like Finance and Construction & Engineering.
And we work with Year Up, a national nonprofit that enables urban youth to move from poverty to professional careers in 1 year.
We also recently announced that we've teamed up with several organizations this summer to help students learn STEM skills — and have fun while doing so.