Industry: Technology & Telecommunications Partnership: Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, Geek Squad Academy, EveryoneOn Partnership Business Need: Onboarding & Training, Recruiting & Efficiency

With the help of a variety of training programs and national nonprofit organizations, Best Buy is striving towards closing the opportunity divide by providing Opportunity Youth with the important technical skills that they need to succeed in college and in their careers.

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"Best Buy is committed to providing underserved youth hands-on access to the technology training and tools they need to be successful in school and prepared for jobs of the future."
Hubert Joly, Chairman and Chief Executive of Best Buy Co. Inc.

THE CHALLENGE

In today’s job market, there is a mismatch between the skills demanded and the skills that young people have: over the next decade, 1.4 million jobs will require technology skills and only 400,000 individuals will be appropriately trained for them.

THE SOLUTION

Best Buy’s signature programs bridge the opportunity gap by providing access to tech education and workforce readiness opportunities to underserved teens. The programs include the Best Buy Tech Centers, which offer free, year-round after-school programs where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on learning, and the Geek Squad Academy, which runs free, two-day tech camps for youth.

THE OUTCOME

  • In the past decade, Best Buy has supported over 4.5 million youth through partnerships and programs
  • 90% of youth who participate in the tech centers and training programs plan to use the skills they learn in future careers and academic endeavors

Source: How CEOs Are Helping Close America’s Skills Gap. Business Roundtable Report. June 2017. p. 18.

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