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3 Ways Salesforce is Investing in the Next Generation of Workers

By Sabrina Barekzai April 24, 2017

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The Salesforce World Tour in DC brought together some of the best minds in the realms of Equal Pay trailblazers, AI pioneers, and champions of the 21st century workforce. It’s no secret that the technology industry is booming. The industry’s boom brings vast job opportunities, but without the access to education and training needed to succeed in these future jobs, many risk being left behind.

1. Watch our 21st Century Workforce Panel

While experts estimate computing jobs will more than double by 2020, underrepresented minorities earn only 11% of engineering degrees and women earn only 17% of computer and information sciences degrees. How can we prepare the next generation with the training and skills needed to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow?

Moderator Stephanie Ruhle, Anchor, “MSNBC Live” and Correspondent, NBC News, discussed these topics with panelists The Honorable Suzan DelBene, Member of Congress (D-WA-1); Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President, Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Apprenticeship USA, U.S. Department of Labor; and Jay Banfield, Chief Officer of Innovation & Scale and Managing Director, California, Year Up. Check out our panel of experts below!

2. YearUp: Bringing Skills and Opportunities to Low-Income Young Adults

One organization is already working hard to boost the next generation of leaders. Year Up is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with for many years. Year Up provides low-income young adults, ages 18 – 24, with a combination of technical and professional skills, as well as corporate internships and wraparound support.

Last year, we worked with YearUp to bring career advice to aspiring young leaders. And this year, we got the chance to work with YearUp again.

Check out our interview with Jay Banfield, Chief Officer of Innovation & Scale and Managing Director, California at Year Up on Twitter! supports nonprofit organizations that are helping to build a more diverse, equitable, and skilled workforce. Through technology, community engagement, and philanthropy, partners with organizations focused on education and workforce development. Salesforce generously helps to support and promote the work of by incorporating initiatives in major Salesforce events–and the recent Salesforce World Tour in Washington, DC was no exception!

DC Volunteers

Want to get involved with Year Up? Head over to the website for more information. If you are interested in hosting a Year Up intern on your team, please contact Nikki Tosiello ([email protected]).

3. Futureforce: Training and hiring for the jobs of tomorrow

Salesforce is committed to workforce development through Futureforce. What is Futureforce? A set of diverse programs dedicated to training and hiring for the jobs of tomorrow. These efforts, all of which stress equality for all, include university recruitment, computer science curriculum in K-12 schools, training for thousands of veterans and their spouses, an interactive learning platform for technology skills, and hundreds of apprenticeships for urban youth, more than half of whom we’ve hired.

Learn more about Futureforce!

All three of these steps inch the workers of tomorrow toward a better future. Salesforce is proud to help bring them a little closer to career success.