H&R Block Inc., a Kansas City, Missouri-based leader in the financial services industry, recently announced that it has accepted more than 50 people into a new program meant to bolster the number of diverse candidates in its tech jobs.
The IT Accelerate program aims to attract early career professionals or those transitioning into tech roles from other career fields. It’s a year-long program designed to engage top talent and provide an immersive onboarding experience, introducing candidates to the variety of technology opportunities at H&R Block and training them for long-term success within the company.
“Technology is key to the services H&R Block offers as we work to provide superior digital capabilities along with human expertise and care,” said Alan Lowden, H&R Block’s Chief Information Officer. “As we drive more innovation in all facets of our business, this program is proving to be an effective way to engage a smart, ambitious and diverse talent pool to help drive us towards that goal.”
More than half of the program’s participants represent gender or ethnically diverse backgrounds, which is more than double the national average for overall entry into computer and software engineering fields.
“We created this program to help diversify our talent pipeline for tech roles and provide a framework of support and collaboration our associates can build upon throughout their careers at Block,” said Tiffany Monroe, H&R Block’s Chief People and Culture Officer. “At its core, our program is designed to engage participants through a unique and memorable experience that encourages their connection to Block and accelerates their productivity as a member of our IT organization.”
H&R Block also is working to help diverse business owners in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. The company is a backer of a pilot program at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City called Making Black Business Better, which provides business services, mentoring and micro grants to small business owners.