Job training, continued education necessary for today’s workers

By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2018, 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school. That’s why Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is addressing the needs job seekers by offering job training classes in several industries: automotive, banking and finance, construction, customer service and medical office.

However, a recent survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that low-wage workers are still not aware of training opportunities, or even if such programs are worth the trouble.

Goodwill/Easter Seals programs help prepare individuals for new careers by teaching job skills, job searching and interviewing techniques; earning certifications, credits or CEUs; and providing ongoing employment and support services. Scholarships are available for training if certain enrollment and eligibility criteria are met, and most times students pay no money out-of-pocket.

Our Employment Training programs offer transferable, stack-able credentials and opportunities to earn prior learning credits with local colleges. The training programs range from eight to 12 weeks long, consist of more than 150 hours, and include paid training in some cases.

To find out more, interested parties should come to a prerequisite information session held at 1:45 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the main office, 553 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN, 55104. For more information call 651-379-5997.

Source: Yahoo! News, “Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training,” Sam Hananel and Jennifer Agiesta, March 21, 2013