Employer Resource Series: Job Corps

With the current scarcely limited pool of workforce personnel available, one resource for employers to consider is partnering with programs such as Job Corps. The next generation of employees is in the classroom, training, and learning to be a part of our workforce teams. Businesses that engage with this workforce early have an advantage over the rest of us!

Job Corps is the country’s most extensive nationwide residential career training program and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining credentials for successful career paths. Job Corps has trained and graduated over two million individuals.

Job Corps partners with local businesses to provide on-the-job training, preparing participants for genuine work environment experiences and allowing employers to train their future workforce at a lower than typical salary requirement during the program.

Employees sourced from Job Corps are successful in several areas where an average first-time employee would typically struggle, such as attendance and transportation. Job Corps does this by supporting the employee through essential skills training alongside a job coach, ensuring employees attend their OJT on time, and providing transportation as needed.

And they don’t stop there! Each attendee is provided with room and board while training in career-specific skill sets for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills, and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment specific to their training, housing, child care, and transportation.

Job Corps graduates enter the workforce through local business partners who provide on-the-job training while the students attend the program.

Is your business interested in exploring a partnership or simply learning more? If so, our team at The People Perspective can help you with the following steps by connecting you with an eligibility specialist to determine if your business meets Job Corps OJT employer criteria.


Written by:

Elizabeth Callahan, SHRM-CP

HR Consultant at The People Perspective

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