Through its partnership with Year Up, healthcare company Covidien has access to a motivated, diverse and local talent pipeline.

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"We are extremely proud to be a partner with Year Up. Our experience with the organization and its participants has been very positive. The young adults who have worked at Covidien are professional, dependable and committed to succeeding in a business environment. The interns and employees from Year Up are very capable and enrich our company."
Joe Almeida, Chairman, President and CEO, Covidien

The Challenge

Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company. With 38,000 employees in 70 countries, the company is dedicated to building a diverse workforce and meeting the needs of its customers worldwide. In 2009, Covidien was looking to continue to grow a diverse workforce while supporting their local community.

The Solution

Covidien entered into a comprehensive partnership with Year Up – a national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills and resources they need to reach their potential – that includes internships, mentoring opportunities and philanthropic donations. After six months of essential classroom training, the young adults begin their six-month internship at Covidien. This opportunity gives Covidien the chance to assess potential employees with no obligation to hire. A significant number of these interns have already been hired into fulltime positions – helping Covidien make an impact in the community while fulfilling its own talent needs.

The Outcome


Source: Year Up and the Employment Pathways Project. Covidien Case Study. 2014.