The United Way Community Fund supports the following workforce development projects:
Emerge CT, “Earn and Learn” Transitional Work Program
Emerge CThelps recently released adult offenders so that they are equipped to enter and stay attached to the workforce. The Emerge model offers comprehensive training that prepares former offenders for full-time work through occupational skill training, individually-paced basic education, and employment services that are offered along with a transitional work program.
All Our Kin, Family Child Care Licensing Toolkit Program
United Way funding has enabled All Our Kin (AOK) to expand and build on its Family Child Care Toolkit Licensing program, which provides mentorship, materials, training and support that enables family, friend and neighbor caregivers to establish licensed family child care businesses. AOK’s Toolkit Licensing program also provides workforce development to the participating providers, and workforce supports, to the families who are able to access child care. This grant will make it possible for AOK to expand microenterprise in the region through its core licensing initiative in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, and Hamden and the suburban communities that have experienced significant spikes in unemployment.
CRI, STRIVE-NEW HAVEN
United Way funding has enabled STRIVE and Career Resources to pilot the WorkKeys and KeyTrain System in New Haven. WorkKeys is a comprehensive system for measuring, communicating and improving the common skills necessary for success in the workplace. Individuals learn, practice, and demonstrate the skills they need to succeed in the jobs and careers they wish to pursue, with the goal of earning a National Career Readiness Credential. Using KeyTrain, STRIVE will assess a graduates’ potential WorkKeys score, review topics in each skill area and provide practice problems similar to those on an actual WorkKeys assessment.