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Achieving Financial Stability Through Job Skills Training

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From third-party educational institutions to government resources, a mountain of evidence indicates job training plays a major role in achieving financial stability. As explained by the Federal Reserve Board, people with more job training and education in their field tend to have a higher level of financial stability, but financial stability is much more than simply having money in the bank. Consequently, you need to understand how job training leads to community empowerment Rockford residents in need can use for better job placement and attain financial stability.

1. Job Training Exposes People to Different Work Environments.

Job training can include many different fields of study. From entry-level positions in health care to office staff, job training programs give people the tools and resources to explore new career options. Depending on the type of training program offered, participants can gain invaluable computer, time management and budgeting skills. Each aspect of training contributes to different career paths.

For those seeking permanent placement, descriptions of possible careers may be studied and analyzed, and participants learn to recognize keywords in employment listings. For example, “at-home caregiver” might not be suited for someone seeking a permanent career in the medical field, but “caregiver needed for on-call position” might be ideal for someone with chaotic schedules.

 2. Training Must Support Existing Needs.

This is a fancy way of saying that people still need to pay their immediate bills, obtain funds for crises or emergencies and obtain a position while completing job training. In other words, people need access to available resources during training.

For example, people just entering training who do not have a current job may benefit from emergency assistance through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or assistance with health care or child care costs. If training is available at an organization that pairs participants with available resources, the chances of completing training and finding a permanent job are higher.

3. Employment Training Creates Forward-Thinking Applicants.

Completing an application appropriately, submitting a resume and acing an interview are key steps toward successful job placement, the precursor to financial stability. As part of employment training, participants learn how to create proficient resumes, dress for success and answer complicated interview questions. In some cases, mock interviews may be used to help prepare for future opportunities. Since the interview is the ideal time to bring up key assets and skillsets, job training often emphasizes the development of communication skills as a top priority. Ultimately, employment training improves self-esteem and self-confidence, critical factors in community empowerment.

4. Simple Budgeting Skills From Job Training Can Have a Lasting Impact.

Budgeting does not have to be a complex process, and it can start with taking advantage of available resources, such as United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in partnership with Goodwill of Northern Illinois. While filing taxes at no cost may seem unrelated, it starts the process of learning how to account for possible expenses and income.

Budgeting skills also go a long way in teaching people to save money for future expenses or savings. When a person learns to budget recurring expenses, he or she can clearly define how much money can be put into liquid savings. Of course, the key is learning to leave savings untouched unless needed. For example, liquid savings might be used if severe winter weather results in skyrocketing utility costs.

The long-term benefits of job training on finding permanent job placement and attaining financial stability are documented by the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By teaching one person more about possible career options and how to get lasting employment, United Way promotes opportunities for community empowerment Rockford residents can truly benefit from. Essentially, a step toward financial stability for one person means another can take a step in the same direction.

Find out how you can be part of an empowered community through job training and income planning by contacting United Way of Rock River Valley at (815) 968-5400 today.  

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