Training Programs for Job Seekers in Brattleboro and Springfield
“Ready for Work,” a new program held at Community College of Vermont (CCV) in Brattleboro this past fall, is now being offered in both Brattleboro and Springfield, thus expanding access to training and support for unemployed, disadvantaged workers in Windsor County.
“Ready for Work” consists of a free, 8-week employment readiness course along with intensive, one-on-one support to help participants solidify skills such as resume writing and interviewing, overcome employment barriers, search for and apply to jobs, and transition successfully into the workforce. Classes begin March 18 at CCV’s location in the Howard Dean Center in Springfield, and March 19 at their location in the Brooks House in Brattleboro.
The program was developed through a partnership involving CCV, Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), and the Windham Workforce Investment Board (WWIB) with funding from a Regional Workforce Partnership Grant from the Vermont Department of Labor. A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to CCV also supports the program. “Ready for Work” was successfully piloted with 16 participants this past fall.
The course focuses on the core skills most requested by Vermont businesses, and upon completion, participants will be eligible to receive the Governor’s Career Ready Certificate and the National Career Readiness Certificate – both of which are recognized by many Vermont employers as indicators of proficiency and workforce readiness.
“The combination of classroom learning and individual support the program offers enables participants to obtain the core workplace skills and self-assurance they need to get and keep good jobs,” SEVCA’s Executive Director Steve Geller said. “The partnership between CCV, SEVCA and the WWIB is just what’s needed to support not only workers, but employers as well, who are always looking for reliable, job-ready employees.”