A weeklong "boot camp" academy that trains people for entry-level jobs in the manufacturing industry, and guarantees them a job interview if they pass, will launch next month in Stanislaus County.
The program is free to participants, who will learn skills such as workplace safety training, how to use a tape measure, employer expectations and résumé writing. They will also earn a forklift certification.
To qualify, participants must pass a drug test and employment screening, as well as complete orientation. The boot camp is funded by a grant from the Paradise South Weed and Seed program in partnership with the United Way of Stanislaus County and is run by the Alliance Worknet.
Those who successfully complete the intensive course are guaranteed a job interview with a manufacturing employer. Organizers of the program are still accepting job seekers and companies that want to participate.
"The benefit for employers is that they are guaranteed an employee who shows a commitment to working in the manufacturing industry and has passed a drug test," said Jeff Rowe, director of Alliance Worknet.
Job seekers with little work experience get an opportunity to prove themselves and potentially land a manufacturing job during tough economic times, Rowe said.
The boot camp academy started in 2003 in Sacramento County and has been successful in matching participants with jobs, said Terry Paterson, a representative for the California Employers Association, which spearheaded the campaign.
About 230 prospective employees have enrolled in 21 boot camp courses for jobs in the manufacturing, hospitality and construction industries in Sacramento County.
"It has always been our goal to see this continue to grow, not only in Sacramento, but to other communities as well," she said. "That's what we want to do in Stanislaus County."
For more information, call 558-2100. Enrollment must be completed by April 23. The course begins April 28 and continues through May 2.
Bee staff writer Christina Salerno can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 238-4574.