With Congress choosing September as Workforce Development Month, it is clear that America is ready to get back to work. As Senator Diane Feinstein, author of this resolution, explained:
“COVID-19 has forced many Americans to adapt their work habits and has altered the demands for many jobs. As we recover from this pandemic, we must prioritize getting people back to work, an effort that will require significant investments in education and skills training.
This resolution underlines the importance of supporting workers’ ability to improve their lives and training individuals for jobs in growth industries.”
Read the full press release here.
Eckerd Connects is a leading provider of workforce development services, working closely with job seekers in twenty states and diligently positioning the workforce in communities around the country to thrive in a post-pandemic environment.
We offer FOUR primary Workforce Development programs to help lead the way:
1. Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs
Our Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs offer career and training services and integrate strong local partnerships to develop career pathways for local job seekers, while also offering retraining or other skills development activities needed for transitioning or dislocated workers.
Services include job readiness training, customized career training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training and transitional employment opportunities.
“This program changed my life.” Once a dislocated worker from California, Anthony is now working as an IT Specialist after going through a program for office administration and receiving a computer science certification.
2. Out of School Youth Programs
These programs offer services to young people ages 16-24 years old who are not enrolled in school or employed, helping them complete their high school education, train for meaningful careers, and develop skills to obtain employment based on their long-term goals.
Services include individualized goal planning, skills remediation, skills training, career planning, and most importantly, a paid Work Experience (WEX) working with a local company.
3. One Stop Career Centers
One Stop Career Centers are the hubs for workforce development services in communities around the country. Through our One Stop Operations, Eckerd Connects aids regional job seekers by offering employment resources, provides an outlet for local businesses to recruit qualified employees, and works closely with a team of center partners to deliver dynamic services for people from diverse backgrounds. Workforce Development services are customized in each local area based on employment trends, feedback from local businesses, and the unique needs of each regional economy.
Job seekers have direct access to information ranging from open positions to specialized assistance and workforce development training programs. Workforce staff teams promote career exploration using real-time labor market information and placement in on-the-job training opportunities.
We serve over 250,000 job seekers each year through our national One Stop operations.
4. Job Corps
Job Corps is a campus-based workforce development program helping young people ages 16-24 complete their high school education and learn a trade, with the goal of placing each student in a career upon graduation. Students live on campus while they learn advanced skills in a specific industry for up to three years.
While helping students complete their education, obtain career training and gain employment. Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding housing, child care, and transportation. Program graduates enter the workforce, begin apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.
Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964.
Using these 4 major program models, Eckerd Connects currently runs over 100 different Workforce Development programs across the country.