NBC's Ron Mott reports that General Motor's Take 2 program is essentially a 12-week paid tryout, largely aimed at women, that gives prospective employees a chance to see if the timing is right for them to return to work and the company a chance to see if their skills are a match.
Annette Driver was also featured in a story by the Detroit Free Press.
GM’s Take 2 program delivers a comfortable pace for re-engagement into the workforce. Throughout the 12-week program, “interns” are provided with training and meet similarly situated career relaunchers whom they can relate to and grow with in the program. Relaunchers interested in the Take 2 program are required to have a minimum of three to five years’ work experience and at least two years of a career break. Many participants have 2-25 years of a career break behind them.
“The Take 2 program gave me the opportunity to reengage into the work force in a way that was not abrupt,” said Rhonda Lloyd, Head Restraints Design Release Engineer at GM and Take 2 program participant. “After stepping away from the workforce for over nine years, Take 2 helped rebuild my skills and confidence. I was encouraged knowing that I still had what it takes to contribute to a technical and professional environment. I truly appreciated all the chances to network with people in leadership.”
GM has completed five re-entry programs. GM’s Take 2 program has had an 86 percent offer rate upon completion, and a 99 percent acceptance rate. GM is expanding the Take 2 program globally.
If you’re interested in returning to the workforce after a career break, visit reentry.swe.org to explore opportunities available with the STEM Re-entry Task Force.