WorkAdvance Northeast Ohio (WA) is a regional, sector specific career pathway program coordinated by Towards Employment. The program delivers a continuum of appropriately aligned services to meet business needs and move unemployed and low-income adults onto career pathways in the health care and manufacturing industries. By delivering the right services at the right time in response to business demand, WA addresses local business needs by improving outcomes for both employers and individuals.

Participants have access to career advancement workshops, wrap-around supports, technical skills training, job placement assistance, and up to two years of sector specific career coaching. They advance along a career pathway towards high skill positions with better wages. 

Businesses get candidates who have been screened for essential employability skills, prepared for the sector and the job, and who are provided with support across a range of opportunities. Once an initial job placement is made, WorkAdvance staff remains available to both the employee and the business to ensure the best possible outcome: skilled, reliable employees that fit their needs.

Current partner organizations and resources Towards Employment; Compass Family and Community Services; Centers for Families and Children (ease@work); Ohio Means Jobs-Mahoning and Columbiana County; Ohio Means Jobs-Cuyahoga County; WIRE-Net; MAGNET; and multiple education, training and business partners throughout the region.

Funding WorkAdvance is a national initiative currently operating in Northeast Ohio, New York City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, funded by the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private partnership administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Significant regional funding for WorkAdvance is provided by the Fund for our Economic Future, and additional support in Northeast Ohio is provided by The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

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