Over 1,000 young Black professionals will gain access to career placements in Canadian tech and business companies
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) and RBC Future Launch announced their new partnership to create the largest pipeline of young, early-career (29-years-old and under) Black tech talent in Canadian history.
Through a three-year, $4.5 million commitment from RBC Future Launch, BPTN will broaden the reach of its current offerings and change how Canadian businesses attract, hire, and retain early-career Black talent in a number of ways:
Early-career professionals interested in participating in or learning about upcoming initiatives can do so on BPTN's website.
"BPTN is proud to partner with RBC Future Launch to transform Canadian tech and business. With this partnership, BPTN will scale our services to reach Black early-career professionals from coast to coast," said Lekan Olawoye, BPTN founder and CEO.
"We are excited to work with BPTN to continue bringing the promise of RBC Future Launch to life for young Black professionals across the country," said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact and Innovation, RBC. "Ensuring the leaders of tomorrow have equal opportunity today is critical to building more inclusive companies and communities that can achieve their greatest potential."
"We at League are extremely proud to be part of this fantastic initiative and I, personally, look forward to serving as Co-Chair of The Champion's Table" said Mike Serbinis, founder and CEO of League. "League has a long-standing partnership with RBC and working together to build an ecosystem that creates opportunities for Black youth in technology is a natural evolution. League is committed to working with BPTN and the Future Launch team to provide mentoring, internships and career opportunities, and will be leading by example within our own business."
BPTN is the largest network of Black technology and business professionals in North America, with over 20,000 members. BPTN's various services and initiatives also support Black mid-career and executive professionals through recruitment services, networking and executive support, weekly Masterclasses and more.
RBC Future Launch is a 10-year, $500 million commitment to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. With a focus on networking, skills development, practical work experience and mental wellbeing supports and services, the initiative aims to help break down the barriers facing young people. In 2020, RBC announced a series of actions against systemic racism – including a commitment to invest $50 million by 2025 through RBC Future Launch to create meaningful and transformative pathways to prosperity for up to 25,000 BIPOC youth with investments in areas such as skills development and mentoring.
Learn more about BPTN at www.bptn.ca.
SOURCE Black Professionals in Tech Network
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