Council poised to put voter-approved job training program to work
In a presentation to council members, city staff laid out the basic structure of the program, which is expected to place put more than 28,000 people into either certification and degree programs and result in at least 15,728 people into “high-quality” jobs in in-demand fields.
San Antonio residents take advantage of Train for Jobs SA program
San Antonio – The City of San Antonio is seeing positive results behind Train for Jobs SA, its COVID-19 workforce recovery program. Restore Education is a non-profit organization and is one of many partnering with the city to make re-entering the workforce during the pandemic a reality. On Saturday, the organization held a drive-thru graduation for those getting their GED, and for those who participated in their career training program. Ad“Like administrative assistant or certified nurse’s program to IT training,” Rhodes said. “Not to mention the pandemic but pursuing their education during this time to support their families, they have overcome some major obstacles,” Rhodes said.
Thinking on changing careers? You might consider fields within home services
If you’ve considered a career in the skilled trades, now may be the time to make that leap,” Angie Hicks said. “Jobs in the skilled trades are in high demand. Most people focus on college, but skilled trades can offer an equally as rewarding alternative with broad options. “Don’t be intimidated by the training required to enter the skilled trades. Understanding how to handle reputation management, scheduling, even video conferencing are becoming important tools of the trade.” said Hicks.
Women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, research shows
And although everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, women seem to be shouldering the burden more than their male counterparts. The COVID pandemic has led to an economic, mental health, and childcare crisis, and now research is showing women are bearing the brunt of it. In fact, about one-third of working moms in two-parent households reported they were the only ones providing care for their children. And some new research suggests women may be choosing to leave their jobs due to childcare concerns or other challenges. In a recent study by lean in, one in four women reported that they were considering downsizing their careers or leaving the workforce as a result of the COVID crisis.
City Council considers 1/8 cent sales tax for workforce development
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio City Council is considering using a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund a four-year program to help 40,000 out of work or under-employed San Antonio residents move into higher-paying careers. Economic Development Department Director Alejandra Lopez told the council that 154,000 San Antonio workers have filed for unemployment since mid-March. The council can only order the election to put the sales tax initiative in front of San Antonio voters who would have the final say. Nirenberg believes using the sales tax for workforce development would cause a huge shift in the citys workforce. City Manager Erik Walsh said the city has options for the EAPP, including a plan city staff had suggested before the pandemic that the city use a portion of the money SAWS sends the city each year.