Apple joins growing crop of tech firms offering 'returnships' to moms who left the workplace

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Dec 04, 2017

    Claire Zillman writes, "A nonprofit aimed at getting women back into the workforce is expanding its network to include some of the biggest names in tech.

    Path Forward announced on Tuesday that 10 new companies will be joining its ‘returnship’ program next year, including Apple, Oracle, Intuit, and Udemy.

    Path Forward works with companies to create ‘returnship’ positions for mid-career professionals—mainly women—who want to get back into the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or other loved one. The New York-based organization launched in March 2016 after being spun out from data provider Return Path, where it had started as an in-house initiative.

    Domain registrar GoDaddy (GDDY, -0.61%), online education platform Coursera, and grocery delivery startup Instacart were among the six companies in Path Forward’s first official cohort, which offered 18-week paid internships starting in October 2016 to caregivers looking to return to the professional sphere. AppNexus, Medallia, Intacct, Volta, Quantcast, and Cloudera joined for Path Forward’s second cohort.

    All told, 142 individuals have participated in a ‘returnship’ through Path Forward or are currently completing one. Of those who have graduated from the program, 85% had a job within six months of finishing. Some were hired by their ‘returnship’ sponsors; others got jobs elsewhere. The ‘returnships’ are open to men and women, but women have made up the vast majority of participants so far.

    Companies in the Path Forward network pay the nonprofit an administrative fee in exchange for training on how to run their programs and for promotional services. The ‘returnship’ positions they hope to fill—from engineering roles to marketing to sales—will be posted on Path Forward’s website, but the companies collect applications, vet candidates, and pay interns on their own."

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    Released: December 4, 2017, 9:02 am
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