How to Prepare a Job Training Program

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With an investment in time and effort, and the help of volunteers and corporate sponsorship, you can prepare a job training program that will market the skills of your community's workforce and exceed potential employer's expectations. With the quantity of displaced workers today, you will have no problem filling your job training program with job seekers who need to retrain for a new position or update their skills for a new employer.

How to Prepare a Job Training Program

Gather information about your area's job market. Find out what employers need right now and what they will need in the future. Keep all of your research and contact information organized and handy so you can write a summary of your search and include it in your program. You will also want the correct contact information for your job training program's participants.

Research your potential trainees. Determine what skills your participants already have, which of their abilities that will make them a match with a potential job, and what interests they can expand on to meet the employer's needs and keep the them happy in their new careers.

Write a summary of what skills your program will teach and how you will go about teaching those skills. For example if you found that many of the participants in your job training program have construction backgrounds and the largest contractor in town tells you that he will be looking for employees with green building skills, you can design your first 10-week job training program to teach your trainees how to work with Green building supplies. Then find an expert volunteer to teach and help prepare the job training program.

Write the introduction to your job training program—a 1-page summary of your program, its inception and your expected results—to draw the interest of all participants and any potential sponsors.

Write the rules and punishments portions of your job training program. You need to establish at the being of the program which behaviors will result in which restrictions or punishments. Realistically set a standard of behaviors that all participants can follow, and make the punishment fit the crime so you can enforce it without question.

Write the "materials required" portion of your job training program. Unless you've found a sponsor or grant to provide your supplies, write a list of everything you will need; split the list between what you will provide and what the participant will provide.

Write the schedule part of your job training program. For example, if you'll be conducting your program one day a week, write "Week One" in one column and a summary of what you will teach that week in the opposite column. Include notes regarding any speakers that will attend each week so your participants can prepare themselves by researching that supplier or potential employer.

Write the completion summary portion of your job training program. Spell out exactly what your participants will receive for attending your program. Will you provide certificate of completion? Will you help with job leads? If you plan to provide any testing scores for their résumés, let them know in this section.

Tips & Warnings

  • Matching skills and potential jobs will make your job training program a success.
  • The Department of Labor can assist you with reviewing your plan and letting you know whether you can apply for any grants.

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