Old Navy partners with LearnUp to empower more than 200,000 entry-level job seekers

Jun 11, 2015, 10:00 ET from LearnUp

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Navy today announced a new talent recruitment initiative in partnership with LearnUp, an innovative technology company that is leading a movement to empower America's workforce. Through the expanded program, Old Navy and LearnUp will provide free online job skills preparation for an estimated 200,000+ job seekers at 350 Old Navy stores across the United States.

Job applicants using the LearnUp platform will receive access to free online job-specific skills preparation, interview preparation and a virtual job coach, tripling their chances of getting hired in the marketplace. During the initial partnership, Old Navy hiring managers experienced a dramatic improvement in hiring efficiency with LearnUp.

With the new phase of their partnership, the two companies are also launching a new initiative called 'LearnUp the Ladder,' to provide publicly available, free, online education for anyone interested in learning the skills necessary to move from entry-level to leadership roles in retail.

"Gap Inc. cares about creating opportunities for people to grow and advance their careers. This new, expanded partnership between Old Navy and LearnUp will help us recruit retail-ready employees who can help us continue to delight our customers while empowering the next generation of leaders for retail," said Leslie Anderson, Senior Director of HR for Old Navy. "This year, we are excited that our partnership with LearnUp will enable us to connect more than 200,000 people with the skills needed for success in a retail environment."

"Entry-level job seekers face a more challenging environment today than ever before," said Alexis Ringwald, CEO and Co-founder of LearnUp. "We have been so impressed with Old Navy's foresight into the role technology can play in empowering these workers. We are proud to partner with Old Navy to offer an unprecedented number of job seekers access to free online education and coaching for placement in retail careers. When workers are provided the opportunity to learn in advance, they not only increase their chances of employment, but employers gain access to quality hires who perform better and stay longer. By leveraging technology to educate workers in job-specific skills at scale, this partnership represents a new model for economic empowerment and opportunity in America."

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e- commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About LearnUp

Founded in 2012, LearnUp empowers job applicants to get hired through the use of innovative job-specific online education and interview coaching. LearnUp was named 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and CEO Alexis Ringwald was selected for Forbes "30 Under 30" and Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Tech." LearnUp is partnering with innovative employers such as Gap Inc., Staples and AT&T to streamline hiring operations and deliver an ROI while empowering the nation's workforce. For more information, please visit www.learnup.com.