Unemployment and underemployment significantly impact families, communities and the economy at large. Opportunities for individuals to advance their educations or learn new skills can help them overcome employment challenges and set them on the road to fulfilling and lasting careers. Organizations across the public, private and nonprofit sectors partner and provide funding for programs, such as free trade schools, to produce a skilled and ready-to-work labor force.
Value in Training
Jobs can disappear due to economic downturns that force businesses to cut positions, as well as technological innovations that increase production and render processes obsolete. In instances of emerging industries and technologies, trade schools and other educational programs create new crops of workers to grow the industry. Cross sector partnerships provide an array of training and job placement opportunities.
Job Corps, a federally-funded program for people aged 16 to 24, provides both academic and vocation-specific training. Young people who did not complete their secondary educations may pursue their high school diplomas or equivalent certifications while also completing job education. Job Corps campuses typically provide housing at no cost to program participants, and some centers even offer services to nonresidents. Candidates must meet specific low-income criteria to qualify. Job Corps centers partner with local businesses seeking to hire trained staff.
Goodwill, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with special employment needs, offers educational and training options for various adult populations. Program offerings include support for immigrants, people with criminal convictions, people with disabilities, people aged 55 and older and veterans of the armed services. Goodwill’s workforce development services vary according to the needs of local target populations.
Apprenticeships contribute to a skilled workforce through classroom education that coincides with practical skills application, and ultimately, job placement. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration possesses oversight of a national registered apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are available across industries and trades and participants earn progressive incomes based upon their achievements. Many programs produce graduates with respected certifications or other credentials denoting expertise.
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