California/Ohio -- Two new welfare-to-work training programs in San Francisco and Cleveland help small firms find work-ready employees.
The San Francisco Small Business Network, Juma Ventures, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and the Welfare-to-Work Partnership combined their resources to create Job Network. This model training program teaches participants skills such as punctuality, communication and computer literacy.
Once an individual is placed with a business, Juma or JVS gives that person a full year of job retention support. For more information, call Amy Parkhurst at (415) 247-6572 or visit http://www.sfsbn.org
Cleveland's Spirit of Hospitality program is a two-year pilot program designed to introduce welfare recipients to careers in the hospitality industry. Coordinated by the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, the program offers potential employees 10 weeks of employment training that include a two-week externship at a specific restaurant, hotel or motel.
Business owners interested in participating should call David Gilbert at (216) 621-4110.