Path Forward started two years ago, with about 150 people having gone through the program so far. Companies pay Path Forward a fee to help tailor a returnship program. The returnees are hired and paid directly by the companies. The goal is for a returnee to be offered an hourly wage for a 16 week trial, then hired on full time at market wage.
Tami Forman, executive director at Path Forward, says that when speaking with executives at companies, they generally understand that there is a large pool of untapped talent available but that message doesn’t always trickle down to those doing the actual hiring.
“I think what a lot of executives don’t understand is that just telling the managers that it would be a good thing for them to consider women with gaps in their resumes is not what’s going to get it done,” Forman said. “That resume with a gap next to a resume without a gap is always going to look less, it’s always going to look more risky and less relevant to the manger is who is making that decision.”
Forman says that Path Forward aims to change the way hiring managers calculate their hiring decisions.
In 2018, the non-profit will add 10 new companies to the network of partners: Apple, Carta, Campbell Soup Company, DataStax, iconectiv, Intuit, Oracle, Sterling Talent Solutions, TeleTech, and Udemy.
Six companies are returning partners – Cloudera, Cloudflare, Medallia, Return Path, Verisk and Volta.