Developing Our Workforce
Adults without a high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development tests) have extremely limited employment opportunities and are not competitive in the 21st century job market. Further, an under-educated, un-skilled workforce affects our entire community’s economic development.
Local workforce development service providers face a two-fold challenge. They must encourage and support low-wage earners in their efforts to access and complete training programs that lead to higher-wage jobs, and they must work to understand the needs of local employers so they can develop programs responsive to their skill requirements.
Step Up supports GED, workforce readiness, and vocational training programs through these initiatives:
- Workforce Directory
- Chatham Apprentice Program
- Centers for Working Families
- Adult Education/GED
- Work Supports
Developing a skilled and educated workforce is a critical step toward eliminating poverty.