Industry: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Partnership: Year Up: Boston Business Need: Goodwill & Community

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

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Year Up Boston seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by empowering young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers. Year Up Boston achieves this mission through a one-year, intensive training program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Year Up Boston opened its doors in January of 2001 to a class of 22 students. Now serving more than 200 students each year at its site in downtown Boston, Year Up Boston continues to demonstrate the successful impact the program has on the lives of young adults. Year Up Boston currently has more than 40 corporate internship partners, 100 community partners, and 300 volunteers.


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.


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.


  • Strong pipeline of local talent
  • Increased workforce diversity
  • Risk-free talent exploration
  • Innovative recruitment strategy: 29 Year Up alumni hired contract or fulltime to date


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

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