Jobs for the Future Senior Director Sara Lamback was featured in a recent Training Industry article about steps employers can take to help women who return to the workforce as the economy recovers from the COVID-driven recession.
The article noted that learning and development programs can play a big role in easing the transition back to full-time jobs, and Lamback told Training Industry that flexibility is key to ensuring that such programs succeed. As an example, she cited JFF’s Rapid IT Training and Employment Initiative (RITEI), whose goal is to prepare up to 1,800 people in five U.S. cities for middle- and high-skill roles in tech-related fields.
Made possible by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, RITEI features training courses that pair online instruction with in-person support services to ensure that participants have the flexibility to focus on their training even if also have to find time for work and child care or other family responsibilities.
“We know a lot of women are juggling a lot of different things as they return to the workforce,” Lamback explained, adding that employers need to recognize that and offer them the support they need to successfully get back to work.