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Lumina Foundation announced the results of its study of Live Better U, Walmart's associate education and training program. Study focused on the characterization, promotion and job performance of employees who enrolled in the program according to race and ethnicity.
In mid-2017, Walmart launched Live Better U in partnership with Guild Education, a Denver-based organization that supports businesses investing in employee education benefits. The program offered education benefit to roughly 1.5 million full- and part-time employees of Walmart
Since the program was launched in 2018 through this April, when nearly 30,000 associates were enrolled, almost seven 300 credentials were awarded, including degrees and short-term credentials. Since the program began, more than 66.000 Walmart associates participated.
The report is the first study in which a company has shown employees' outcomes disaggregated by race and ethnicity, says Haley Glover, author and director of Lumina. To create a program that is equitable in delivery and outcomes, it's necessary to recognize the impact of program on diverse employees.
The report, supported by an analysis from a leading global professional services firm, shows that 49 percent of Live Better U participants identified as white, 18 percent Black, and 16 percent Hispanic or Latino. The remaining racial and ethnic groups comprised a majority of other racially and cultural groups.
The study found that employees who participated in Walmart hourly were significantly less likely to leave the company than nonparticipants. Non-participants were 80 percent more likely to receive promotions than white-hourly employees who participated in Live Better U. Black workers were 88 percent more likely and Hispanic or Latino associates were 77% more probable. Overall, 17 percent of Live Better U participants received promotions.
"Walmart has taken a huge step toward improving the educational outcomes of its employees," said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief policy officer at Lumina. "We hope that Walmart continues to study Live Better U's impact across its diverse workforce and inspires other companies to do the same, building momentum for improved transparency and accountability."
Walmart has continued to develop the program, including more recent expanding academic partnerships and providing fully paid college tuition and books for employees. In August 2021, Walmart announced its plans for a career-driven training and development over five years. Walmart also announced it plans to invest nearly $1 billion in career development and training over six years.
"We proudly provide 100% paid college tuition and books to Walmart associates to learn their skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Lorraine Stomski, senior vice president of learning and leadership at Walmart. "As part of Walmart's culture, we continuously evaluate how we can strengthen our programs and offerings to support our associates' learning and growth at Walmart. We appreciate Lumina's thorough review of Live Better U to make an even greater impact."
Walmart also offers credentialing programs in areas of need, such as cybersecurity, health care management, logistics and supply chain management and transportation. The Walmart model isn't based on tuition reimbursement, unlike traditional corporate programs. Many hourly workers are reluctant to pay for school before working.
Walmart employees access to various universities through the college partnership model, including Bellevue University, Purdue university Global, and Southern New Hampshire University. (a) Lumina became a shareholder of Guild as of June 2. Lumina did not have any direct stake before the final analysis of this study. Lumina may inadvertently have held indirect interests in the company through commingled, blind pool investment managed by third parties.)
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