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Getting a leg up with LearnUp and Old Navy

ExperienceDanielle Samaniego, Gap Inc. BloggerComment

In today's job market reality, that new diploma or personal recommendation is often not enough to stand out.

That's where a program like LearnUp comes in. The training platform helps entry-level candidates learn some basic skills before they apply for that new job. And it's now building on a partnership with Old Navy, reaching more than 200,000 job candidates and preparing people for jobs at its 350 stores across the United States.

As part of the partnership, LearnUp and Old Navy are also building an initiative called 'LearnUp the Ladder,' which will provide free online education for anyone wanting to learn entry-level and management skills in retail.

Job applicants using the LearnUp platform will receive access to free online job-specific skills and interview preparation and a virtual job coach, tripling their chances of getting hired in the marketplace.

"This new, expanded partnership between Old Navy and LearnUp will help us recruit retail-ready employees who can help us continue to delight our customers while empowering the next generation of leaders for retail," said Leslie Anderson, Senior Director of HR for Old Navy. "This year, we are excited that our partnership with LearnUp will enable us to connect more than 200,000 people with the skills needed for success in a retail environment."

The program is aligned with LearnUp CEO and Co-Founder Alexis Ringwald's overall strategy for those looking to enter an ever-evolving job market.

"Entry-level job seekers face a more challenging environment today than ever before," Ringwald said. "When workers are provided the opportunity to learn in advance, they not only increase their chances of employment, but employers gain access to quality hires who perform better and stay longer. By leveraging technology to educate workers in job-specific skills at scale, this partnership represents a new model for economic empowerment and opportunity in America."