State Street Corporation’s partnership with Year Up began as a small IT pilot and has grown to become a multi-pronged business solution; an exemplar of how investing in local, urban talent can help businesses grow and retain the skilled, local entry-level talent to fit their hiring needs.

  • EMPLOYER: State Street Corporation
  • INDUSTRY: Finance
  • AREA OF FOCUS: Hiring, Internship, Mentoring, School-to-Work
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"Year Up is one of our strongest community based partners because they provide the pipeline of talented, trainable, enthusiastic youth for our entry-level openings."
Richard Curtis, Vice President of Workforce Development at State Street Corporation

The Challenge

During the labor shortage in 2005, State Street Corporation needed to identify new pipelines of talent to convert to full-time roles. State Street Corporation was looking for trainable and motivated young adults with the fundamental technical and professional skills to fill its entry-level IT and Finance positions.

The Solution

After piloting their first community-based internship program with Year Up, State Street Corporation had found a new way to strengthen the community while simultaneously building a stronger local workforce for their business. Year Up has since become one of the largest sources of skilled and diverse entry-level talent in IT andFinance at State Street Corporation, with over 300 Year Up graduates hired to date.

The Outcome

  1. Pipeline of skilled, trainable talent ready to work immediately
  2. Reputation as a community employer investing in a stronger local workforce
  3. Increase workforce diversity and employee engagement


Source: Year Up and Employment Pathways Project. State Street Corporation Case Study. 2014.