MIAMI (June 29, 2020) – Goodwill South Florida has announced it will add 125 people to its Paid Training Program that leads to full-time and part-time positions for people with disabilities and other work barriers. This program focuses on teaching participants new skills and helping them maximize their abilities, which gives them access to employment opportunities—now more than ever due to the wave of unemployment caused by the pandemic. Preference to attend the Paid Training Program will be given to people with qualifying disabilities in South Florida.
“With the large amount of unemployment caused by COVID-19, the need for employment opportunities is great, especially for those with special needs—a population that is often marginalized,” said David Landsberg, President and CEO of Goodwill South Florida. “That is why we are excited to add 125 new participants to our Paid Training Program; to provide them with not just a job, but more importantly, hope and opportunity.”
The Paid Training Program participants will attend up to six weeks of training to become sewing operators. They will attend classes Monday through Thursday, six hours a day, at Goodwill South Florida’s Apparel Manufacturing Division at 2121 NW 21st St., Miami, FL 33142.
Trainees will receive a stipend as they successfully pass subsequent sewing tests. After completing the training program, each person will take a test and, if they pass, they may be offered a job sewing military uniforms for the United States Armed Forces—either full or part time—or another position other than sewing. To ensure success, program participants will continue to receive training, support and guidance by Goodwill South Florida trainers to increase their productivity and improve skills.
“We are proud to be one of the most cost-effective nonprofits in the U.S. with 96 percent of our budget going directly to programs just like this,” said Landsberg. “These programs support our mission to help people with disabilities and other barriers to work find and hold meaningful employment.”
Those who are interested in receiving more information about the Paid Training Program and how to apply are encouraged to contact 305-326-4226 or [email protected], and visit goodwillsouthflorida.org/paid-training-program.
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About Goodwill South Florida
Goodwill South Florida, serving Miami, Broward and Monroe counties, is the 17th largest employer in South Florida. The nonprofit’s mission is training, employment and job placement for people with disabilities and other barriers to work, helping individuals increase productivity and achieve greater independence. The agency provides disability services to over 7,000 South Floridians. Goodwill engages in a unique social enterprise model that funds mission services and employment for over 3,100 persons. Although most known for its Goodwill donation centers and retail stores, the organization’s other entrepreneurial businesses include Ryder Apparel Manufacturing, Custodial Services , Laundry Services and Third Party Logistics Solutions, which train and employ a large number of people, while providing mission funding. Goodwill South Florida is one of the most cost-effective non-profits in the U.S with 96 percent of its budget going directly to programs that are aimed at people with disabilities and other barriers to work. For more information, please visit goodwillsouthflorida.org or our newsroom and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter and tags us @GoodwillSFL.
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