Bender’s Careers2B initiative is a program designed to increase the professional level experience and marketability of early career professionals with disabilities. Founded in conjunction with Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC, the objective of Careers2B is for people with disabilities to gain the work experience required to increase their marketability to prospective employers. Careers2B addresses the lack of work experience that has been identified as a major and systemic barrier to employment for individuals with disabilities.
As of August 2014, the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities was 19.8%, compared to 68.8% of people without disabilities. As a result, the labor pool of individuals with disabilities includes dense talent seeking early career positions. This innovative workforce development model provides 12 months of work experience to increase the marketability of the Careers2B talent pool to employers.
- Sponsor companies reserve positions in professional job occupations and identify the skills and education required.
- Bender Consulting recruits individuals with disabilities who are seeking early career opportunities and have the required skills and educational background.
- As a Bender Consulting employee, the Careers2B participant engages in 12 months of work experience at the sponsor company.
- Upon completion of the sponsor company work experience, the Careers2B participant applies for career opportunities in the general market. Additionally, Bender Consulting will market Careers2B program participants to companies seeking talent.
Note: The Sponsor Company reserved position will host a Careers2B participant for 12 months. When the Careers2B participant completes the program, the reserved position is filled with another individual with a disability for the next 12 months. The Sponsor Company may hire the Careers2B participant as a full-time employee, into a position that is not a part of the Careers2B Program.