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About Ready to Work?

On October 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $169,771,960 in grants to expedite the employment of Americans struggling with long-term unemployment. The grants are part of the Ready to Work Partnership (Ready To Work) initiative to support and scale innovative collaborations between employers, nonprofit organizations and federal job training programs to help connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

This program responds to President Obama’s call to action to support and expand public-private partnerships that are helping long-term unemployed individuals get back to work. The Ready To Work grant program will provide those experiencing long-term unemployment with a range of training and supportive and specialized services leading to rapid employment in middle and high-skilled jobs.

Ready To Work projects are built around a comprehensive, up-front assessment of long-term unemployed individuals’ needs and skills, resulting in customized interventions across three tracks: 1) intensive coaching and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement into middle and high-skilled jobs; 2) short-term interventions leading to employment into middle and high-skilled jobs; and 3) accelerated skills training along a career pathway to middle and high skilled jobs.

Projects incorporate work-based training models with earning components for long-term unemployed workers through models such as on-the-job training (OJT), paid work experience, paid internships, and Registered Apprenticeships. These programs also include tangible commitments from employers and other partners to provide employment opportunities, technical skills training, and on-the-job training and other paid work experience for H-1B occupations, while also addressing the barriers, income needs, and supportive service needs unique to long-term unemployed workers.

What is Ready to Work Ohio?

WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. applied and was awarded a $6.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in November 2014. The purpose of this grant program is to expedite the employment of Americans struggling with long-term unemployment in northwest Ohio. Learn more about the Department of Labor Ready to Work Initiative by visiting the About Ready to Work page..

The program provides training, certifications, degrees, job placement, career coaching and support. These services and funds are available for long-term unemployed, unemployed veterans, unemployed spouses of veteran and (in some cases) long-term under-employed residents of 17 northwest Ohio counties. Click here to see if you are eligible to be enrolled in this program.

The Ready to Work Ohio initiative offers training in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and environmental services. To learn more about careers in these industries, visit the occupations page (occupations link). Or find out what field fits you best.

WSOS strives to provide services for individuals in fields that are in-demand and will lead to long-term, middle-income employment. To accomplish this, advisory boards comprised of employers, learning institutions and workforce development professionals were created to identify the needs of employers and residents within our region. These partnerships strengthen WSOS’s Employment and Training programs  and lead to opportunities for Ready to Work participants.

Are you interested in enrolling? Check your eligibility by clicking here.

Curious where you can receive training in your area? Click here.

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