Postmates wins ‘Innovator Award’ for Building Pipeline of Local Talent
At Postmates, building an inclusive platform has always been at the heart of our business. That means valuing diversity, inclusion and opportunity for our fleet, our customers, and the communities where we live and work. Part of that commitment is a core belief that everyone should have opportunities for career mobility and advancement, no matter their stage in life.
That’s why we’re honored to be recipients of devMission’s 2019 Innovation Award for our investment in local talent and for piloting new approaches to workforce development. Dev/Mission is a fantastic organization that trains under-resourced young adults in the Bay Area for careers in STEM and tech through pre-apprenticeship programs that help them earn while they learn on-the-job at companies like Postmates.
Last year, we partnered with devMission to pilot TechSF Apprenticeship, a program that provides job training, education, and mentorship to young adults who are otherwise often marginalized or left behind. Apprentices work at host companies, helping meet their in-demand labor needs, and pick up the skills needed to go out and secure a job in the tech economy. Sponsoring TechSF was the right thing to do, but also the smart thing. Companies like ours are in a constant competition for talent at every level. Investing in the untapped pool of young adults in our community is a great way to make sure we and our entire industry continue to grow and thrive. Apprenticeships are a real win-win: young people get invaluable training and experience that can springboard them up the ladder of opportunity — while putting much needed income in their pockets — and companies get to benefit right away from all that energy and creativity. That’s why we’ve doubled our apprenticeship program since launching it in 2018, and why we remain eager to work with Cities, up-skilling organizations, and other place-based groups to continue to refine our approach to apprentice models
We also strongly believe that professional development should never stop. That’s why we also have launched a partnership with Edx.org to provide eligible Postmates fleet members across the country access to online college courses and professional certifications, at no cost to them. And earlier this year, we announced our second annual partnership with the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), whose career pathway and mentorship programs help people achieve their professional goals. Over the next year we will be taking our partnership to Los Angeles, and have plans to expand from there to Chicago, Miami, and New York City. Last year, Postmates Fleet members in the Bay Area also had the opportunity to participate in the JVS Job Search Accelerator (JSA), a 2-week intensive designed for people who have a target job in mind but may need help sharpening the skills needed to nail the interview process. Following our initial enrollment of 27 Postmates into the program, six have continued into post-program services and four have found new jobs with an annual salary of over $70,000, including positions as a data analyst and digital animator.
Apprenticeships, creative professional development programs, and lifetime learning opportunities are all part of Postmates’ commitment to support today’s modern, mobile, independent workforce and give back to our communities. Flexibility and opportunity are the touchstones of everything we do. That’s why we’re constantly trying to rethink the old models from the old economy to better reflect how people actually live, learn, and work in today’s new economy.
We’re grateful to Dev/Mission for this recognition; it’s a great reminder of why we continue to invest in our community’s potential, on and off our platform.