Person, Indoors, Room, Sitting, Interview, Meeting Room, Conference Room

When we founded Primary Talent Partners, aside from the obvious business goals, we had another, more personal goal in mind: to increase minority candidate flow into the contingent labor programs we support and break down the barriers that contribute to the lack of Black representation in science, technology, engineering and math occupations.

It requires a fairly impressive blind spot not to notice that there is a severe, generational issue with minority representation in STEM degrees in universities and related careers across the country. Studies show that over 40% of Black STEM students drop out of school or change majors compared to just over 20% of their white peers. Two main factors contribute to this: a lack of adequate funding to complete their degree and a lack of a “feeling of belonging.” Year after year, these two pervasive threats continually challenge, impede, and ultimately reduce the number of Black applicants in STEM-related occupations.

Even in areas like computing jobs, which have enjoyed considerable growth in recent years, Black workers remain severely underrepresented. Black workers comprise just 9% of those in STEM occupations, and that figure declines to 5% when focusing specifically on engineering. What’s even more troubling is that there has been no statistically significant change to that percentage since 2016.

PREMIUM CONTENT: US Statutory Expense Tool: April 2021 Update

Besides being a stark indictment of broader societal inequities, the current climate of diversity in STEM comes to the detriments of its very employers. Year after year, the scientific literature connecting diverse workforces to increased performance (on a variety of metrics) grows both in size and legitimacy. Here are just a few convincing findings from recent studies:

Staffing firms are in a unique position to change this reality, and many in the industry have been developing programs to do just that — many of which were highlighted in SIA’s DE&I Influencers list. We are doing our part. In fact, since our founding in 2019, Primary Talent Partners set out to treat the problem rather than the symptoms that so many minorities experience along the way to earning a degree in STEM and help our clients enjoy benefits like those cited above. We are looking to   effect change for diverse groups looking to enter into the field as well as to encourage interest in STEM early in young people. Here are some of the initiatives that comprise our diversIT programs.

diversIT Scholars. This program addresses the common obstacles Black students encounter when enrolled in a STEM program. Through several partnerships with major Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), we provide students with critical mentorship with Black professionals in the STEM field and meaningful internship opportunities with clients, all funded by Primary Talent Partners.

Additionally, to ensure each student in our program has every opportunity to graduate, we work with our clients to award co-branded scholarships. We also provide stipends especially in locations with above-average cost of living. Our first four diversIT Scholars graduated this spring; dozens more are on track to do the same.

diversIT Recruiting. We’ve intentionally built and refined our recruiting platform to attract the top minority talent in the marketplace. By establishing unique, innovative sourcing channels, our team is able to sustain a highly qualified minority talent pool that simply can’t be found on job boards.

diversIT Enrichment. In an intentional effort to tackle the problem at its source, we launched our diversIT Enrichment program to increase STEM awareness and encourage consideration for a career in the field for K-12 students.

We hope this helps catalyze a greater movement where traditionally underrepresented groups are finally able to enjoy the same opportunities in STEM as their peers.

Read more >


Person, Text, Face, Id Cards, Document, Paper, Crowd
Meet Drew Golin, Chief Executive Officer - Shiftfillers

Shiftfillers' CEO has one of those journeys that inspire us to success.  Drew Golin has exemplified servant leadership throughout his life, starting with his education at Temple University in Philadelphia....

Read more >
Person, Face, Crowd, Female, Blonde, Teen, Kid, Girl, Woman, Text
Meet Rod Smyth, President - Shiftfillers

Innovation runs in the blood of Shiftfillers' President. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Roderick Smyth consistently lives up to his famous compatriot Oscar Wilde's saying that "true progress is...

Read more >
Blonde, Person, Female, Woman, Teen, Girl, Face, Text, Smile, Hair
Meet Karen Febus, Chief Operating Officer - Shiftfillers

Whether it’s running a race or running a successful business, the Shiftfillers' COO knows how to reach goals like no other. Avid runner Karen Febus studied business and finance at...

Read more >

Current opportunities to join us

Shiftfillers Experienced On-site Staffing Managers $60k Newnan, GA Direct_Hire 1087398 Newnan Georgia United States Newnan, Georgia, United States, 30265 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. We are a young venture-funded company and this role and provides the opportunity to significantly contribute to the success and...
Shiftfillers Experienced On-site Staffing Managers $60k Nashville, TN Direct_Hire 1087390 Nashville Tennessee United States Nashville, Tennessee, United States Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. We are a young venture-funded company and this role and provides the opportunity to significantly contribute to the success and...
Production Associate Start 7 p.m. 4 days rotating weekends $18.00 inc shift bonus hourly Plus weekend bonuses & same day pay HelloFresh Phoenix Phoenix_AZ Staffing Contracts SF830182613Jun Phoenix Arizona United States 1850 S 71st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85043 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. You will be processing, preparing, picking, packing and shipping customer orders. If you like a fast-paced, physical position t...
Production Associate Start 7 a.m. 4 days rotating weekends $16.50 hourly Plus weekend bonuses & same day pay HelloFresh Phoenix Phoenix_AZ Staffing Contracts SF266014613Jun Phoenix Arizona United States 1850 S 71st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85043 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. You will be processing, preparing, picking, packing and shipping customer orders. If you like a fast-paced, physical position t...
Packaging Technician Start 6:00 p.m. $19.00 hourly Same day pay + Bonus Boston Brands Lewiston Lewiston_ME Staffing Contracts KG236056218Jun Lewiston Maine United States 21 Saratoga St, Lewiston, Maine, United States, 04240 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. You will be processing, preparing, picking, packing and shipping customer orders. If you like a fast-paced, physical position t...
Light Production Start 11 p.m. $17.25 hourly Same day pay Sealed Air Louisville Louisville_KY Staffing Contracts MN485488525Jun Louisville Kentucky United States Louisville, Kentucky, United States Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. If you like a fast-paced, physical position that gets you up and moving, apply to join our team today. ResponsibilitiesYou will...
Laboratory Technician Start 6:00 a.m. $20.00 hourly Same day pay + Bonus Boston Brands Lewiston Lewiston_ME Staffing Contracts MN3971061Jun Lewiston Maine United States 21 Saratoga St, Lewiston, Maine, United States, 04240 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. If you like a fast-paced, physical position that gets you up and moving, apply to join our team today. A Laboratory Technician ...
Light Production Start 7 a.m. $15.50 hourly Same day pay Sealed Air Louisville Louisville_KY Staffing Contracts MN212922524Jun Louisville Kentucky United States Louisville, Kentucky, United States Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. If you like a fast-paced, physical position that gets you up and moving, apply to join our team today. ResponsibilitiesYou will...
Packaging Technician Start 11:00 p.m. $23.00 hourly Sazerac Montreal Montreal_QC Staffing Contracts MN53622555Jun Montreal Quebec Canada 950 Chem. des Moulins, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 3W5 Faites défiler pour la description de poste en français:   Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. You will be processing, preparing, picking, packing and shipping cus...
Ouvrier Usine Start 3:00 p.m. $22.25 hourly Sazerac Montreal Montreal_QC Staffing Contracts MN96172055Jun Montreal Quebec Canada 950 Chem. des Moulins, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 3W5 Rejoignez Shiftfillers et faites partie de l'équipe dédiée qui prépare les produits et les commandes pour les clients de nos clients. Vous traiterez, préparerez, ramasserez, emballerez et expédierez les commandes des clients. Si vous aimez un post...