Boeing is making good on their pledge to spend $100 million on workforce development programs. In an announcement on June 4th the aerospace and technology giant stated that they are partnering with Degreed.com to provide employees access to online education, certification and degree programs.
The first program to launch will educate Boeing’s staff on digital literacy, which Boeing states is “a key enabler of Boeing’s growth strategies”, followed by programs designed to develop technical skills, stay up to date on industry trends, tools and technology.
These programs come as the company reaps the benefits of a tax-cut bill approved by Congress in December. At that time Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg announced the company would invest a total of $300 million to workplace development as well as charitable contributions.
Boeing got the idea for this program with help from their own employees by crowdsourcing. The company installed dozens of “Idea Stations’ throughout there facilities worldwide. These stations allowed employees to suggest how best to invest in employees, infrastructure and local communities. With over 40,000 ideas submitted, Boeing chose to invest in its most valuable resource; it’s people.
“When we asked our people how best to invest in their learning and development they spoke up loud and clear,” said Heidi Capozzi, senior vice president of Human Resources. “We listened and read every single idea that was submitted. Our long-term plans represent a down payment on the future of our employees and tomorrow’s technical workforce.”
An additional $6 million will be put into a partnership with historically black colleges and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to support academic scholarships, internships and a unique program that will give students a taste of what it’s like to work at Boeing.