Workforce Training Program
The Workforce Training Program (WTP) is one of David & Margaret's most unique programs, and one of few programs of its type in California. The WTP takes an individualized approach in supporting the employment and educational plans of the young adults participants. This customized approach allows for the each individual to gain the skills they need to be self sustaining adults, while encouraging them to explore their strengths and interests and apply them to employment and or higher education. Our Employment and Education Specialist and TAY Mentors work individually with each young adult meeting them where they are at, and providing them with internship placement, case management as well as employment exploration for direct hire opportunities. Throughout the internship process participants are provided paid work experience, 1:1 support and a curriculum of employment readiness classes tailored to address the needs and barriers inclusive to this population ensuring their are gaining skills that will allow them to not only gain but also retain employment.
The WTP also emphasizes the importance of higher education and vocational training among young adults and offers academic case management and support. The participants are provided with information for local higher education institutes in the area as well as the programs and benefits they are eligible for. Student Strategy workshops are also provided where participants are given 1:1 assistance in the admissions process, Fafsa completion, college navigation and as well as tours and guidance on qualifying support programs.
This program provides a variety of opportunities.
- life skills
- assistance completing high school or GED
- Industry overviews including career pathways
- overview of steps necessary to enroll in community college
- career mixers
- volunteering opportunities
- access to the education/employment specialist
- access to weekly case management
- linkage to childcare resources
- paid workplace Internships in partnership with local businesses
- job-shadowing opportunities
- and more
If you are a youth interested in the WTP or know of someone who would benefit from this program, please contact us at COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org
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