With our long-term goal to empower 10 million makers and creators of all abilities by 2030, we’re working together with some very special partners and developing powerful global programs, to unlock potential, open opportunities for people with different abilities to shine.
Joining forces once again with Autism Speaks, we’ve established the NxtGen Program, an initiative to prepare people with an autism spectrum disorder to enter the workforce of tomorrow. With an approximate 80-90% of autistic adults either unemployed or underemployed globally, and a predicted 3.5 million unfilled manufacturing vacancies over the next ten years, our community college curriculum aims to address this growing gap. This collaborative program will teach the vital practical knowledge that will help people with autism obtain STEAM professional certification training, and ultimately follow careers in areas such as skilled production.
Around the world, our own employees and leaders have built a strong network of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to foster development and advancement throughout our business, supporting both our own associates and our local communities. Participants can engage with cross-functional teams, network with others, learn best practices and share new ideas. Our growing Abilities ERG was established to support both employees with disabilities and caregivers of those with disabilities in an inclusive environment, where they can develop their career prospects, and flourish within a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Whether in sports, in the workplace or in the local community, we’re extremely proud of the tremendous commitment our partners and employees have made in advancing awareness, understanding and acceptance of diversity, and for paving the way for the next generations of makers and creators of all abilities to innovate and thrive.