Program: Work Ready

Timeline; 4-weeks to graduate

Nearly every client will go through Work Ready. This is to make sure that they have the basic skills to succeed in future jobs. Work Ready takes place in a classroom and computer lab at Project Place. The first step is to learn what skills you can already bring to the table. This will be covered in part during the assessment stage earlier on. Some parts of the program may be easier or more difficult depending on what skills someone has. They are all important skills to help you find and do well at employment. Work Ready is a structured time for learning and also will have tasks and assignments. Instructors will be on-hand to support and answer questions. They are there to help facilitate success.

Daily classes focus on a variety of topics:

Job readiness skills. Learning how to succeed in the workplace.

This includes learning all about the job environment. For example, finding out what employers want to see from their employees and how to communicate effectively in the workplace. During their time in class, participants will also practice crafting their own resume and cover letters. In Work Ready, we focus on teaching clients how to do something. When a client leaves Work Ready, maybe they need to update their resume or write a cover letter differently than usual. We try to teach the skills so they can improve on their own. Towards the end of class, practice interviews will also take place. Clients will be able to hone their interview and follow-up with potential employers.

Essential skills that can be applied not to just your next job, but life in general

Work Ready helps people to get on a level playing field. This includes not just at employment, but life in general too. A well-rounded education can help in ways that aren’t immediately noticeable. In Work Ready, some essential skills we cover are math, reading and writing, vocabulary, and communication. There are also workshops every week outside of class. These can cover topics like budgeting, mental wellness, and expressing creativity. It isn’t always obvious, but these skills help in many ways. Networking can be a good way to find a job or move up in your current job. Without knowing how to socialize, how to communicate well, you could miss an opportunity you didn’t know existed!

The classes will also focus on personal skills. Critical thinking, balancing work and family, and how to address questions about the past. A Case Manager will work with each individual on making progress on goals and finding ways to break down barriers.

Computer-lab and basic to intermediate technology training

Instructors will also help clients navigate the online job space. Nearly all applications and job openings are found online now. Instructors will teach how to search and apply for them. In the computer lab, clients also become familiar with typing. They set up professional emails and learn general navigation of a computer. Classes are taught on interactive SMART boards and feature a variety of content. Becoming familiar with various technologies will really boost someone’s standing in the workplace. Basic computer literacy is becoming an increasingly required skill by employers. Even if it’s not, often as you move higher in your career, it will be so it’s important to learn early.