Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Over the spring months of 2018, Goodwill Omaha developed a sector training program based on multiple community needs. The Mission Advancement team identified a nationally recognized retail training. After research was done it was determined that the training would be a good fit for the new program. At Goodwill we have a unique benefit of having access to our retail stores. This access provides real, on-the-job training in a real-life setting.

With the initial curriculum was built, we determined that a defined classroom space to practice these skills while teaching them would be very beneficial—in turn we created a mock retail store located in our headquarters building.

“We had a great trainer, Jen Driscoll. She developed the curriculum, trained and tested participants by working one-one-one with them daily. Jen made sure the program participants were successful and supported at all times” says Christine Aguilar, Director of Mission Training.

Our Employment Ready program assisted with the job readiness curriculum and our Business Solutions program worked with the participants during their training to identify employment goals. Employment Ready and Business Solutions worked together to achieve permanent employment opportunities for the participants.

“After reviewing the first cohort, we are very excited with the successful results and we plan to provide this training on an ongoing basis. We are also exploring other potential referral sources to expand the number of participants served” says Aguilar.  

Results

The first training class started on May 7, 2018 and concluded June 1, 2018. All four program participants successfully obtained certification. Two of the participants have secured full time employment. The other two participants are actively interviewing with local employers. Goodwill’s Business Solutions team continues to assist the participants with the employment and retention support.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills and learn more about the operations of a retail store. I would one day like to own my own small retail store to provide fashionable items for women of all sizes,” said Michelle, one of the four program participants.

The new program is just one of many ways that Goodwill Omaha is proudly serving members of our community by changing lives through education, training, and work.

“We are looking forward to offering another class in the coming months,” says Aguilar.

Sector training opportunities are available to those in the community who desire training to increase their employability in order to secure employment.


Written By: Joshua Meyer

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Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Goodwill Omaha’s new Sector Training Program helps eliminate barriers among those underemployed and unemployed in the Omaha metro. The new Sector Training Program makes it possible for all Goodwill Omaha locations to be more integrated with our mission. The new program will include Retail, Facilities Maintenance, Grounds Maintenance , and Custodial Training. All these trainings make use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our numerous year of experience in those fields.

Retail

A comprehensive four-week retail training, featuring a combination of classroom training and hands-on job training at Goodwill retail locations. This training delivers skill-building and employment assistance services in the caring environment of our retail stores. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours learning in the classroom to their hands-on training on the sales floor.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 85 years of retail experience.

Facilities Maintenance

A comprehensive five-week custodial training, featuring approximately 20 classroom training hours and 80 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of facilities maintenance experience.

Grounds

Goodwill is offering a comprehensive four-week grounds maintenance training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours, and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom and to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of grounds maintenance experience.

Custodial

A comprehensive four-week custodial training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. This training makes use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our nearly 30 years of custodial experience. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 30 years of custodial experience.

Help support our Sector Training Programs

To help support our Sector Training Programs, you can donate used goods to our retail stores or make monetary donations to fundraisers like Omaha Gives! Follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha. By making a donation through Omaha Gives! you can help ensure that program participants receive training and opportunities to knock down employment barriers.  Click here to schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Thank you for continuing to support our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work.


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Mission In Action: YouthBuild Omaha AmeriCorps Building Community

Goodwill is proud to administer the YouthBuild Omaha program in partnership with AmeriCorps. YouthBuild supports young adults as they conduct community service while pursuing their GED. Participants engage in construction skills training and have the opportunity to receive various professional certifications as they complete their community service requirements.

Members of this year’s YouthBuild class have being busy working to fulfill their AmeriCorps-required community service hours. Since joining the class this fall, the last few months have presented some opportunities outside the usual construction training volunteer opportunities.
In October several participants helped with Goodwill’s first Halloween Trunk-or-Treat community event. Those who participated did an excellent job of making the guests feel welcome while handing out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters.

In November a group of YouthBuild participants assisted Heartland Hope Mission assembling and distributing Thanksgiving gift baskets. They were directed to gather donated food items from around the facility and prepare the basket. The volunteers were friendly and enjoyed interacting with the clients as they helped them to their vehicles.

Family Housing Advisory hosted various volunteer opportunities throughout December. YouthBuild decorated their Lake Point Center for the annual Christmas in the Village event. Keep Omaha Beautiful provided supplies for participants to clean up the streets before and after the event. They also stuffed envelopes for community members to learn about potential upcoming changes to the tax code.

It has become tradition for YouthBuild to model ugly holiday sweaters on The Morning Blend talk show. Several participants took the opportunity to strut their stuff for the camera. They enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the news studio and interacting with the hosts on air.

Through these special projects, daily GED classes and construction skills training, participants show professionalism and a dedication to developing themselves while helping their community. The YouthBuild team looks forward to what is to come in 2018!

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Improve your job skills with READY

READY services provided by Goodwill offers free, one-on-one, job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed.

Assistance with resumes, job applications, cover letters, letter of explanation or referrals to other programs in our community are just some of the employment assistance services READY provides. If your barriers to employment keep you from searching for work or if you aren’t confident in your interviewing skills, the READY program is for you.

Since July 2016, READY has helped 665 individuals in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area with employment assistance. Of those served, 200 individuals have found employment with an average wage of $12.26 per hour and 38 hours per week.

READY is continuously looking for participants and organizations to work with. Our services are offered at no cost to participants or partnering agency. We currently partner with seven agencies in the Metro Area. For those not able to come to our main office on 72nd & Ames, READY may be able to bring services to outbound partnering locations.

If you have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Megan at 402-231-1901.

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