A number of specialized assistance and training programs are available to eligible customers to help them obtain marketable skills and move on to careers in mostly high demand occupations. To learn more about opportunities available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Trade Adjustment Act, and other programs, such as those that provide support and benefits for Veterans or people living with disabilities, registered CareerPoint customers should attend a Training Opportunities Workshop offered most Fridays at 10:00 AM. Eligible customers will learn how they might receive financial assistance, when funding is available, to enter occupational and on the job training programs that last one year or less and lead to full time employment. After attending the Training Opportunities workshop, customers will meet with a Career Counselor to learn more about these programs.
Info sessions for a free Pre-apprentice program
Community Works will be offering information sessions for a free Pre-apprentice program for those interested in the construction trades. Classes will begin in January 2019. Click here for a flyer.
Advanced Manufacturing Machine Training
The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is offering a tuition free training in Advanced Manufacturing to train eligible unemployed/underemployed Holyoke and Hampden County residents for employment positions as entry level machine operators. Training includes blueprint reading, shop math, measurement tools and quality control in manufacturing. To Register for an Information Session, please call: 413-787-1552 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a flyer.
The Hiring Incentive Training Grant
The Hiring Incentive Training Grant helps eligible Massachusetts employers pay the training costs of newly hired workers who were unemployed for one year or more, or who have been laid-off one year or less without a call back notice from their most recent employer. In addition, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program provides federal tax credits to employers who hire job seekers in certain targeted groups. Many job seekers are eligible for these programs, and have the choice of letting potential employers know about them.