YOUTH WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVE GRADUATES FIRST CLASS
Story by WVUA 23’s Maria Blough.
A new program is getting people workforce ready in four weeks.
The program focuses on getting 18 to 24-year-olds into jobs that may require a little more training than a high school degree.
“We just saw, we kept seeing the need for youth to get into the workforce, and they experience so many barriers,” said Amanda Lightsey, the Executive Director of Tuscaloosa’s One Place. “Out of that realization, we came up with the Youth Workforce Training Initiative.”
Nine students graduated last week as part of the first group of young adults to go through the program.
They took classes in manufacturing, financial literacy and leadership.
Each graduate received a pair of steel-toe boots during the ceremony.
All the program’s students have already been hired.
The Youth Workforce Training Initiative hopes to have one more class of students complete the course before 2020.