Going to school while working part-time is a necessity for many people trying to achieve a rewarding career. However, what if you could work part-time, pay for college, and attend classes, all while actively training for your future career goals? It can happen, and UPS can help.
We recognize that building a better future for our company goes hand-in-hand with equipping our staff for a better future as well. The UPS Earn & Learn Program, gives students the opportunity to bring their career goals to fruition through part-time work and tuition assistance. This education assistance program allows our part-time employees to earn up to $25,000 for their college education*. Together, this educational assistance program and additional training that UPS provides to employees throughout the year work to motivate and advance our staff--making their world work better.
UPS employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who more than likely started off with us as a part-time hire. From operations, marketing, human resources, and finances to managing supply chain solutions on a local to international scale, our team has an opportunity to play an integral role in every facet of the business. This is just one of the reasons we are committed to training our part-time employees to advance to full-time careers within the company.
It's no wonder that many of our part-time employees choose to stay and make a life-long career at UPS. In fact, over 70% of our management team started out as hourly part-time employees.
One such employee who's had great success at UPS is Joseph Lawless, Senior Director of Systems Programming.
Joseph started at UPS in 1983 as a part-time package handler in Edison, NJ. He was a college student at Seton Hall University and wanted to find a summer job to help pay for school. "My college major was in Computer Science with a heavy emphasis on mathematics. I worked at UPS while I was going to school and when I graduated, I was offered a full time position in Information Services," Lawless says.
We've always had a strong commitment to promote from within, that's why UPS is consistently training part-time employees of today to be the senior executives of tomorrow. Joseph agrees, "We were all here to solve business problems (in my case via technology), and hard work and results were quickly recognized. That type of atmosphere combined with a policy of 'promotion from within', is a great enabler for career advancement."
The Earn & Learn Program is a great start for a college student, but the training does not stop there. UPS provides many other training opportunities. After all, our employees' career goals are important to us and tuition assistance is just one way we can help. By aligning the right talent with the right training to succeed in today's business world, not only do we grow as a company, but we create a better work environment in the process. From earning extra cash during the holiday season to enjoying a full-time permanent position with a competitive benefits package, your career journey here can go far beyond a UPS package car; it can evolve into a fulfilling experience.
UPS takes pride in developing new talent, from the packaging facilities to the corporate office. Just like Joseph Lawless experienced, "UPS offers a tremendous amount of opportunity and benefit for a college student. Consider the long term possibilities within a company that invests heavily in such technical disciplines as Information technology, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research just to name a few. Combine that with a proven track record of promotion from within, UPS could just well be the place for you. It was for me."
*Eligibility begins the day you're hired and benefits are prorated accordingly in case you're hired mid-semester.
In 2014, we provided $16 million in tuition support to approximately 14,000 students. Since the Earn & Learn program began in 1999, we have invested over $200 million in tuition assistance for approximately 120,000 college students.
UPS also invests about $565 million a year on training programs to help employees further their careers within the company.
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