Growing Talent, Recognizing Ability: Walgreens Launches National Initiative to Help Create More Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
First phase of in-store training pilot led to 66 percent of REDI trainees recommended for hire
Press Release: Walgreens – Mon, May 14, 2012 10:28 AM EDT
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Building upon its rich history of growing talent and recognizing ability through greater diversity in the workplace, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG – News)(NASDAQ: WAG – News) today launched its national Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). The in-store training program aims to help people with disabilities gain retail and customer service skills, and works closely with community organizations and vocational rehabilitation agencies to train and develop candidates. Another similar initiative at Walgreens distribution centers (DC) resulted in 10 percent of the workforce being made up of people with disabilities at all levels across all 20 DCs. The company hopes to see the same success with REDI.