The Sacramento City Council last night approved three of the 30 new workforce recovery programs that will help up to 11,000 local workers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three programs will provide workers affected by the pandemic an opportunity for training and job placement into tech, manufacturing, construction and healthcare fields.
These programs are part of the workforce recovery initiative that received $10 million of CARES Act funding from City Council in late August. The initiative aims to help young people and adults with workforce training and job placement.
“These and the other workforce programs funded by our CARES Act dollars will give more than 11,000 of our neighbors a way not only to recover from the economic setback of the pandemic, but also to reset their skills for jobs that provide real opportunity and living wages,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This infusion of funds to improve job readiness in Sacramento represents a significant opportunity for our city’s economic future.”
“These funds can support many Sacramentans who have been impacted by business shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Councilmember Jay Schenirer. “On top of that, we have thousands of young people who are ready to work but need the training and job opportunities to succeed.”
“These workforce recovery programs are going to provide vital assistance to our workforce that has been impacted by this pandemic,” said Councilmember Eric Guerra. “Not only does the program provide training to upskill our workforce but it also provides paid job placement opportunities to uplift our community and economy.”
The California Mobility Center, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and Greater Sacramento Urban League will be operating the workforce programs.
- The California Mobility Center is receiving $1.47 million to implement a Workforce Pathways program to provide job-readiness and technical training in green tech manufacturing and electric mobility for 500 people including the placement of up to 150 paid interns at local advanced manufacturing companies. Register for this program by calling 916-286-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SETA is receiving $1.18 million to expand its On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, assisting up to 225 Sacramento residents who have been laid off or unemployed due to COVID-19. Participants will receive pay for 240 hours of on-the-job training followed by an opportunity for job placement. The programs will apply to a variety of high-demand industries such as construction and healthcare. Apply by calling 916-263-4066 or email CARESOJT@seta.net.
- The Greater Sacramento Urban League is receiving $1.75 million to train up to 390 people in several fields including IT/computer hardware, networking and software, graphic arts and web design, including a digital literacy training for 20 youths (16-24 years old.) The program will also facilitate the placement of up to 30 young adults (18+ years old) into an internship program in an animation video production and 150 adults into job placements. Register for this program by calling 916-286-8600 or email email@example.com.
“All three organizations will bring much needed resources and opportunities to Sacramento residents who have lost their jobs due to layoffs and/or closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Workforce Development Manager Kriztina Palone. “Thank you to our community-based organizations for working so diligently with us to bring these programs to life to help our struggling workforce.”
City staff is working to finalize the other 27 workforce training and job placement service programs. As more programs become available, they will be listed on the City’s Coronavirus Relief website at www.sacramentoCOVIDrelief.org.