Vocational Development at City Union Mission is an integrated, essential part of our long-term programs that help our participants build a foundation for the future.
Vocational Development is designed to make our participants “work ready,” so they may live a secure independent life.
We want to take them off the path of living job-to-job and paycheck-to-paycheck and instead help them build a career that provides livable income and benefits, allowing them to be a productive contributor in their work, community, home and church.
The path to Work Readiness consists of four elements
Each designed to develop education, skills and attributes to help them find stable, meaningful employment.
We provide paths for our participants to complete a high school education and develop quantitative and reading literacy, as well as business and computer skills. This greatly increases their ability to find and sustain employment.
Most jobs require at least some measure of technical training or skills, even for introductory positions. Our in-house or partner-provided training helps develop baseline competencies that open the door to a variety of skilled trades.
Many jobs prefer candidates to have prior work experience of some sort in the field. Workforce Academy, offered at our Lexington Ave facility, provides longer, more in-depth training leading to employment readiness at an entry level.
Reentering the workplace and navigating the modern online application process can be intimidating to anyone, especially those who have experienced homelessness, are recovering from substance abuse or are justice-involved. We help them develop a realistic career trajectory and plan, develop skills in resume building, writing applications and interviewing, and provide support and assistance in the job search process and as they begin their new career.
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