Although the US unemployment rate continues to hover around 8% in 2012, many health care employers are still reporting having a difficult time finding employees with the right skills to fill their open positions. Middle-skilled jobs are projected to grow to 45% of all job openings by 2014. Training programs that aim to prepare low-skilled workers facing multiple barriers to employment for these jobs present a significant opportunity for social impact. (Social Issue Report, Root Cause, March 2011).
"We don't have a job crisis. We have a skills crisis."
- Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education
Our Unique Solution
While education is key to developing a vibrant American workforce, STEP into a Job! asserts that vocational training programs that include strong social supportive services, technical training, and direct engagement with employers provide the best results - measured in retention, graduation, and job placement rates.
Our model consists of the following components:
- Social Supportive Services
- Technical Training
- Employer Engagement
- Placement Services
STEP into a Job! grew from an idea presented at the Clinton Global Initiative – America Conference by our founder, Simonida Cvejic, in June 2011.
Speaking at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative - America Conference, Simonida Cvejic said:
"We need to create links between the school and the economy, between the student and the employer. Education should have a meaning in the context that it is practiced."
Who We Serve
We serve individuals who are currently unemployed, on public assistance, recent immigrants, and others who are struggling economically.
How You Can Help
STEP into a Job! was formed with the idea to ignite the power of community: people helping people. We invite you to partner with us to help put Americans back to work more effectively.
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