For many older professionals, returning to the workforce can be difficult. Often, older individuals feel they will be passed over for younger faces who will stay with a company for a longer period of time. However, that’s not the case at General Motors and its Take 2 career re-entry program.
The Detroit Free Press reported GM’s career re-entry program has helped dozens of individuals restart their career. The program caters to individuals who’ve been out of the workforce for two or more years and has drawn a large proportion of women. Many women who apply for the program left their careers years ago to raise a family or take care of other matters.
GM isn’t pushing the program just because, though. Take 2 is mutually beneficial for the automaker and applicants. Job growth in the United States will see some 500,000 engineers needed by 2024, and many will likely go unfilled. As the report points out, 2.5 million women, in particular, have degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nearly a quarter of these women left their careers to care for families instead.
The automaker launched Take 2 in 2016 and has had 8,000 applicants since then. The roles first surrounded engineering, but last year GM expanded the program to include global propulsion systems, information technology and manufacturing engineering roles are customer care and aftersales, global finance and manufacturing positions.
The program takes professionals through a 12-week “audition” to prepare interns for a full-time career with many joining GM full-time after the program concludes. In week 11, if applicants show potential and excel, they will be offered a job. So far, GM has brought on 84 men and women through the program after a year and a half.
The newest employees join GM’s global workforce of 180,000 individuals. Since 2016, GM has hired 17,000 salaried and hourly employees.