Tacoma’s Workforce Central has received a $360,000 grant from Building Changes, through its Washington Families Fund, for a two year job-training project. The program will recruit and place homeless families into training within the advanced manufacturing industry leading to employment in high-demand careers.
The main training tool will be the successful Manufacturing Academy, a 10 week training program with a 95 percent completion rate and an 85 percent placement rate for graduating participants. The program was developed by and for manufacturing employers needing access to a pipeline of qualified workers, according to a release Wednesday from Workforce Central.The public/private partnership integrates business, apprenticeship and technical college education to certify graduates with a “general manufacturing” education and the professional skills employers identified as essential to their workplace.
The participants will be homeless families identified by WorkForce Central through a network of participating housing and workforce programs.
“Workforce Central is committed to increasing the employment rate of our homeless families and realizes they are often unaware of opportunities for workforce training and placement assistance,” stated CEO Linda Nguyen. “This program offers our residents a pathway to careers with advancement opportunities in high demand industries and provides the skilled talent our business community needs to grow and create additional jobs in our local economy.”
The grant funds will hire a navigator to recruit, assess and place homeless participants into the Manufacturing Academy. The funds will also pay the tuition for the Academy. The anticipated number of participants over the two year period is 60.