A recent Washington Post article touted the success of the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program that Goodwill and its community partners completed last year. The goal of the program, funded by Events DC, was to train and refer up to 600 District of Columbia residents for jobs at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC.
When the hotel opened its doors in May of 2014, 178 – or about one third – of the hotel’s employees were graduates of the training program.
Ten months later in February of this year, 189 program graduates were employed at the hotel (more graduates were hired after the hotel opened) with a retention rate of 77%! Both are numbers we’re very pleased with.
Being the first program of its kind in Washington, DC, Goodwill and our partners were naturally a bit uncertain what to expect when we were awarded the grant, but we felt confident that the vision was clear and the goals were achievable. One year after the hotel opened its doors, Goodwill is very proud of the high retention rate and continued support of the initiative by Marriott.
While the program looks successful from both Goodwill and Marriott’s points of view respectively, it has made its biggest impact on the lives of program graduates who are now fully employed, can support themselves and their families and have a future filled with hope. People like DeJuan who can now continue to work towards his dream of earning an engineering degree while he grows with the Marriott family; Karen who will soon be able to afford moving into an apartment with her mother and younger brother; and LaTisha who is now 10 years sober and thanks to her job at the Marriott Marquis is making good progress in her efforts to regain custody of her son. These are the REAL success stories!
Is the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program now a model for future economic development in our city, our region, our country? Why not ask businesses who want to benefit from hiring local residents to make residents a partner? Why not invite the community to share in the risk and the return? Where can you find a workforce more inspired to succeed? And, it’s not success motivated by handouts but by hard work. Isn’t that a logical approach to reputation management, brand loyalty, and employee morale?
One of the biggest takeaways from the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program is the collective recognition that when business, government and community work together…nothing is impossible.
Thanks to all of our partners: Events DC, Grow, LLC, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, One DC, Progressive Partners, the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Department of Employment Services, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. A special thanks to our partners at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC.
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By DC Council Member, Jack Evans