Our Response to COVID-19: Building for the Future
COVID-19 has touched nearly every aspect of people’s lives across our country and worldwide. Each day, the enormity of the job losses and impacts to our communities become clearer. The data leave no doubt: Our country’s economic recession is uneven and inequitable. That means working to open doors for young adults from low-income communities to meaningful careers—and creating more access to our economy—has never been more important.
We knew there was a role for us to help the people most impacted—who are frequently low-income and people of color. Leveraging our career training network and program tools, we have transformed our programs to support hybrid learning, and are building for the future to address the urgent need of helping jobseekers re-enter the workforce during and after this unprecedented time. We are expanding our capacity, and working to make it easier for people to secure jobs.
This spring, we acted quickly to launch Work$Ready®, a free, online job readiness training, to help job seekers build their confidence and develop the skills they need to obtain employment and succeed. Our free, three-week classes are facilitated by our long-standing partners and taught live by experienced workforce instructors online. The curriculum—pulled from our BankWork$® and CareerWork$ Medical® programs—includes key topics, such as professional presence, resume writing, and interview practice, as well as soft skills needed to land and keep a job.
We also transformed our programs by developing a virtual platform that allowed our markets around the country to return. Throughout this summer and fall, in most of our 16 programs, our BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Medical training partners have been able to continue offering courses through hybrid models, all in accordance with local public health guidelines. Our instructors continue to demonstrate their dedication by staying connected to students who have yet to secure a role, providing ongoing coaching and support.
We are proud to work with many of our CareerWork$ partners to offer Work$Ready in 11 markets across the country. Anyone interested in participating in a Work$Ready course should contact the partner working in their region for more information.
Our partners are posting progress on their LinkedIn accounts and websites. Check it out:
If you’re interested in participating in a Work$Ready course, contact the regional partner closest to you. If you’d like to learn more about the program in general, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.