Workforce Innovation Submitted By:
Coastal Workforce Services
Group Sized Training for High Demand Occupations
Similar to other regions of the United States, a major challenge for southeastern Georgia is to develop a highly trained workforce to meet the changing economic times. Therefore, undertaking new approaches to expand training opportunities is essential to workforce boards to grow the number of qualified workers seeking to fill available high paying jobs.
The Coastal Workforce Investment Board embarked on a new program called Group Sized Training for High Demand Occupations. One of the successful training initiatives was to partner with a local Plumbers & Pipefitters Union to conduct a 16 week welding class with Occupational Health and Safety Training. Funded by the Coastal Workforce Investment Board using ARRA funds, the trainees -- primarily dislocated workers -- were taught a full range of welding skills earning them certifications and making them competitive for jobs in the region.
Outcomes & Results
Eight of the ten welding course graduates have secured well paying jobs at locations such as nuclear power plants, industrial facilities, and other construction jobs in Georgia. These graduates now have skills and experience that will provide job security in the future for them and their families.