HBCU & PBI BLACK TALENT CORPORATE PLACEMENT PROGRAM
Historically Black College Universities HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions PBIs
"Connecting Top Black College Talent To Corporations"

WHO

NOIR BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INC., is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit

andEconomic Development Organization; Certified Community Development

Entity under The U.S. Department of Treasury; and Kentucky’s only Black

Chamber of Commerce.

 

COLLABORATORS:

  • Historically Black Colle Universities HBCUs

  • Predominantly Black Institutions PBIs

  • United States Corporations

 

WHAT

A national black talent recruitment and job placement initiative to connect top black talent from Historically Black College Universities HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions PBIs to corporations focused on creating more diversity within their companies.

 

WHY

Black Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and quality schools and suffer from high crime rates. Black Americans are about twice as likely to be unemployed as white Americans. Black students lag in comparison to their white peers in educational attainment and achievement, and Black American communities tend to have higher than average crime rates. These issues have been a persistent problem, and jobs are essential to improving Black communities. Increased employment would significantly help individuals in these communities lift themselves out of poverty. Additionally, because poor economic conditions are an important causal factor behind poor educational outcomes and high crime rates are correlated with high unemployment rates, creating job opportunities would help improve educational outcomes and reduce crime.

 

Workplace diversity is imperative to business success, but companies are having a tough time identifying, attracting, and recruiting Black talent to their companies. Diversity can be defined through a variety of lenses. Age, race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, and religion immediately come to mind, but have you considered educational background, managerial experience, neurodiversity, and even personality traits? Study after study reveals that the demographics of the American workforce are constantly changing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau traditionally underrepresented populations will hit majority status by 2024. At the same time, stark disparities exist within different sectors and management groups. As of 2018, women held only 22.5 percent of Fortune 500 board seats, and minorities only represented 16.1%.

 

Workforce retention has employers facing growing challenges that vary by industry, location, and other differentiating factors, but rising employee turnover rates affect virtually all employers, and Millennials, who now make up most of the workforce, change jobs more frequently than previous generations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the average turnover rate in the U.S. is about 12 to 15% annually. Furthermore, according to LinkedIn, an average annual worldwide employee turnover rate is 10.9%. Employers must develop innovative methods to attract and retain talent in their companies. The key to retaining employees is for corporations to offer them a career roadmap, which will help guide their career up the corporate ladder, and it will lead to long-term employment.

 

Although this program is constructed around attracting Black talent to companies, it also focuses on workforce diversity and retention.

HOW

NOIRBCC is committed to “Moving Black America Forward,” and as a result of many conversations with corporation leaders and realizing a need for an online platform to connect corporations with Black talent, NOIRBCC created the NOIRBCC Corporate Collaborative Online Black Talent Recruitment Program. This program outlines a plan to significantly increase the number of jobs available to non-college-bound Black students and Black college graduating seniors. The program is centered around collaborating with corporations wanting to increase diversity within their companies by increasing opportunities to attract Black talent to their organization.

 

NOIRBCC will work closely with each participating corporation’s human resource and talent acquisition team to identify a date and time to host a special online Black talent recruitment event specific to their company. NOIRBCC will market the event through Facebook Events and its other social media platforms for four weeks. It will also reach out to all Historically Black Universities (HBU’s) across the country to inform their counselors of the program and any upcoming recruitment events, so they can encourage their graduating students to participate. NOIRBCC will also reach out to Jefferson County Public School Councilors to inform them about the event, so they can encourage their non-college-bound senior students to participate in the event. On the day of the event, NOIRBCC will open the recruitment event with a short welcome and an overview of the Chamber. Then, it will turn the event over to the corporation’s HR team, which will give participants an overview of the company. Following that, they will discuss open positions, college internships, and job training opportunities. They will end the event by providing participants with their contact information.

 

WHERE

ONLINE WEBEX OR ZOOM MEETING PLATFORMS

 

WHEN

Immediately

 

RESULTS

Increase African American talent within corporations through internships; increase non-college-bound students participation in online recruitment events and job training programs; create a more diverse talent pool for corporations

 

 CORPORATION PARTICIPATION

Now Onboarding Corporations

Contact Kevin White at 1-844-NOIRBCC or Kevin@noirbcc.org

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