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Job Training Program Helps Manufacturing Companies Find Skilled Workers

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Students in CareerSkillsNow receive paid work experience and classroom training in transportation manufacturing. Students in CareerSkillsNow receive paid work experience and classroom training in transportation manufacturing.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Ivan Martinez recently found himself unemployed. With a family to support, Martinez didn't want to settle on just any job, he wanted to find a career.

"When I see those machines, my eyes light up like a child in a candy factory," says Martinez.

Martinez has almost completed the CareerSkillsNow training program.

The program is 11 weeks. Participants alternate between the classroom and working in transportation manufacturing.

"One week we are in school and one week we are at work," says Martinez. "Employers will be amazed at the knowledge that we will bring to them."

CareerSkillsNow was formed in Oct. 2011 as a way to help low-wage and unemployed workers get a better job. In Oct. 2012, the paid work experience component was added to the curriculum, thanks to various grants and financial contributions.

"The idea is to give folks an entry point into advance manufacturing, specifically in this case, advance transportation manufacturing," said CareerSkillsNow Director John Baker.

While participants aren't guaranteed employment at the end of the program, according to Baker, the success rate is high.

He says more than 70 percent of students receive direct job offers from employer partners, such as Ionic Technologies, Michelin, Meyer Tool and Proterra.

"It has been helpful in that employers get what they consider an extended interview process over the five weeks of on-the-job training, and the students get a better feel for how a facility operates," Baker said.

A new program consisting of two classes of 20 students each begins about every three months. Those interested must apply.

The next course will begin in mid-April.  Baker says applications are still being accepted.

In order to qualify for the program, you must have:

- High school diploma or GED

- Successfully complete a background check and drug test

- Meet income guidelines

- Have WorkKeys Silver Career Readiness Certificate

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Information sessions are also offered every Friday at 9 a.m. at The Goodwill Training Center located at 1902 Woodruff Rd. in Greenville.

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