Wednesday, May 18, 2011

State grants $1.3M to 7 non-profits for jobs training

Seven nonprofits statewide have received grants totaling more than $1.3 million, funding created by the governor's office to help at-risk youth and unemployed adults.
Called Transitional Employment Grants, the funding will help provide youth and out-of-work adults with skills training, increasing their work readiness, through the seven skills training organizations that received the grants, according to a press release issued by Gov. Deval Patrick's office.
In addition, the grants provide for subsidized employment opportunities that allow participants to practice new skills before they move into unsubsidized jobs.
From Wednesday's press release, the organizations receiving grants are:
  • Community Work Services (CWS), Boston ($196,668) - CWS will provide At Your Service, an intensive hospitality industry training program for unemployed adults with barriers to employment.
  • Community Servings, Inc., Boston/Jamaica Plain ($200,000) - The Community Servings Teaching Kitchen food-service job training program will train chronically unemployed adults to gain both job and life skills as well as food service training in an experimental learning environment. This will in turn increase Community Servings’ capacity to serve more meals to the community’s poor and critically ill.
  • United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), Lowell ($200,000) - United Teen Equality Center will operate a subsidized employment model for youth that is based in their three sectors: food service, maintenance and media arts, and technology. Successful completion of the program includes GED attainment.
  • Job Training and Employment Corporation (JTEC), Hyannis ($177,099) - This Certified Nurse’s Aide training program will integrate education, training, work readiness skills and subsidized employment to support youths aged 17 – 24 to obtain employment as CNA’s and Home Health aides.
  • COMPASS for Kids, Lawrence ($177,596) - The COMPASS Community College Collaborative program will provide enhanced workforce development training, job placement, retention services, long-term career coaching. It also includes access to higher education services for the chronically unemployed, particularly homeless mothers, in various occupations.

Here is a better idea.  Why doesn't the state give my company, along with other companies, the money and we will train those who really want to learn and work for a living.  After learning a trade, the student keeps the job, and earns a starting wage. Sounds more like a win win situation and the government does not have to spend more money they do not have.  What happens to all the 'trainees' after the grant money runs out?  Keep in mind also that the said new employee would be judged and graded for promotions and would he himself become a tax payer not a welfare recipient.  This is still another feel good program that only puts a band- aid on the unemployment problem.

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