The innovative partnership between Stellantis, Detroit at Work and Detroit Solutions Corporation was honored March 31 at the virtual Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards.
Local lawmakers and statewide talent development officials gathered virtually for the ceremony to recognize the commitment to Detroiters through hiring initiatives to fill in-demand jobs and build a strong talent pipeline within the City of Detroit.
“Congratulations to Stellantis, Detroit At Work, and DESC on winning the Impact Award,” said state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit). “So many of our families are struggling right now, and putting more Detroiters to work or in better paying jobs is a positive step for our communities. I am hopeful to see continued efforts to prioritize the hiring of Detroiters and enhance and improve efforts to support and protect residents of nearby neighborhoods.”
The partnership between Detroit At Work, powered by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, and Stellantis started two years ago when the Company approached the City of Detroit with a plan to build the first new assembly plant in the city in 30 years and make a substantial investment in their existing Detroit facility.
The partnership grew as Detroit At Work created the infrastructure for recruiting, vetting, and connecting candidates to Stellantis.
Additionally, Detroit At Work developed an entire suite of support services to address any barriers to employment that a job seeker could face including access to technology, high school completion, access to childcare, additional coaching to prepare for the application and interview process and transportation assistance.
“We are honored to receive this award as it recognizes our efforts to keep the commitment we made to the city and its residents to put Detroiters first,” said Ron Stallworth, Senior Manager, State and Local Government Relations, Stellantis. “In fact, we are pleased that 2,100 Detroit residents have been hired to join the team at the Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack plant to build the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. As a result of our strong partnerships with area residents, this project will have lasting benefits for the entire community.”
Stellantis’ long-standing commitment to the city and its residents was highly prevalent in the plan as the company prioritized Detroiters during the application and interview processes for the nearly 5,000 jobs that would become available.
“I commend Stellantis for working closely with the City of Detroit and Detroit At Work to improve the lives of our residents,” said state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit). “The extra effort Detroit At Work put into developing support services to address the specific barriers Detroit residents are facing was key to making this effort such a great success.”
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