Walmart Foundation, the charitable arm of the multinational retail chain, committed a $10.9 million grant to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership for the creation of a training center for retail workers. Opened in November, the Chicagoland Retail Sector Center is billed as a one stop shop for local employers and individuals to earn training and job placement, retail certification and career planning assistance.
Lynn Schroeder, VP of Client Relations at CAEL, recently spoke with Chief Learning Officer about the significance of the center.
“Investing in the learning of the workforce at the front-line and middle level strata requires that we think not just at an individual company level but an industry level,” Schroeder told CLO. “You have to think what does it mean to help create a set of employability skills for the front-line workforce.”
A member of Business Champions, a group of business leaders who advocate for the development of the next generation workforce, Walmart’s workforce development effort joins those from other member organizations like Gap Inc. and Hilton Worldwide.