YONKERS, N.Y. -- Those out-of-work or health care employers looking for qualified employees will want to take part an upcoming free job training program in Yonkers beginning Monday.
The Jobs Waiting program, funded by a federal Ready to Work grant, is a workforce retraining program led by Westchester County and the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, and managed by the Westchester County Association.
Its goal is to provide 500 long-term unemployed individuals with job readiness skills as preparation for new careers in health care in the Hudson Valley, which currently has over 3,500 open positions in the health care sector.
While many people think of the clinical side of health care, the sector also includes jobs in accounting, technology, medical coding and billing, and customer service.
With over a decade of experience in engineering and technology jobs, an undergraduate degree in engineering, and master’s degrees in finance and library science, Tina Master had the background and experience many companies desire. Yet she was having a difficult time finding a position for which she wasn’t overqualified and underchallenged.
Now, after participating in a six-week regional job training program known as Jobs Waiting, Master is employed as an information technology specialist at Cabrini Eldercare, with possibilities for growth and promotion ahead.
“I hadn’t thought about a career in health care, but I knew my skills could be a perfect fit,” Master says of her decision to apply for the free program. “The Jobs Waiting program gave me my self-worth back, helped me perfect my ‘elevator pitch’ and taught me how to prepare for a job interview. Most importantly, I had the chance to meet employers who were looking for candidates — one of whom ended up hiring me.”
Jobs Waiting recruits participants for a six-week boot camp, which provides training, professional mentoring, and a personal job coach.
To learn more about Jobs Waiting and find out if you are eligible, call 914-948-4144 or visit JobsWaiting.com.
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