Compass Family and Community Services implements the program in Youngstown with support from Ohio Means Jobs.
WorkAdvance was launched in 2011 to incorporate existing knowledge about best practices in workforce development and continue to build a body of evidence in support of promising, cost‐effective interventions for assisting low‐income individuals to enhance their skills, gain employment, and advance along career pathways leading to higher wages.
WorkAdvance addresses the skills gap and meets business needs by providing low‐skill, under- and unemployed individuals with the training and supports they need to advance in two of Northeast Ohio’s key sectors—manufacturing and healthcare. In the first three years of the project, 227 WorkAdvance participants have completed technical skills training and 271 participants have secured employment with an average starting wage of $10.50/hour. The program boasts an 85% 90-day job retention rate and 39% of participants have already seen wage increases averaging over $2/hour
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