If you're looking for a way to get a job or to start a new career, consider enrolling in a United States Department of Labor career program. The United States Department of Labor offers free-of-cost training and educational vocational education to unemployed young people ages 16 to 24 as part of its job corps program. Job Corps gets a minimum of $7.25 an hour; the program pays an additional $2.27 an hour for military or civilian employees who need to wear a uniform. Job Corps has an estimated budget of nearly $1.7 million per year.
Job Corps provides unemployment compensation and advice on finding gainful employment. It also coordinates with state and local governments to offer training programs in the public sector. Job Corps centers can be found in large metropolitan areas like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They are generally located in metropolitan areas where there is an abundance of trained job-seekers, such as New York City and Sacramento.
Job Corps training programs are expected to graduate about two million Americans by 2021. About two million individuals will be assigned to work in job centers across the country. Those students will be required to service about one hundred and sixty counties throughout the United States. By assisting these students in finding employment and returning to school, the United States Department of Labor hopes to return to the financial security enjoyed by many families. Many economists believe the job creation provided by the job corps has contributed to the economic strength enjoyed by many American workers. The unemployment rate has decreased substantially, and many economic analysts believe the unemployment rate will remain at current or slightly higher levels through 2021.
A significant portion of job training programs conducted by the United States Department of Labor are actually provided through employer-sponsored employment program rather than private sector participation. These employers generally contract with a third-party company to administer the training and to provide job corps graduates with on-the-job skills development. This allows the employers to reduce their costs associated with providing training to new employees. In addition to on-the-job training, employers typically provide formal courses that are available to participants after they have been hired. Job participants complete these courses at their own pace, and some employers require that participants complete pre-licensing courses as well.
One of the most popular programs administered by the United States Department of Labor's Job Corps program is the Basic Life Skills Program (BLSP), which is a five-week course designed to provide students with general life knowledge and basic skills necessary for working in a commercial environment. During the program students receive a working knowledge of basic first aid, nutrition, industrial safety and health, and computer skills. Students also complete a clinical practice test and a written communication test, both of which are considered prerequisites for entering the program. Applicants must also complete a national exam that covers general workforce competency and knowledge of U.S. labor law. The National Certification Board for Registered Nurses (NCRN) also participates in the program and is the agency that screen the candidates wishing to become a part of the Job Corps.
To help students gain employment after completion of the Basic Life Skills Program, Job Corps offers tuition assistance and technical assistance programs. A portion of tuition assistance (usually up to 30%) is provided for the first two years of the program, and . . . . . . then the student is expected to repay the loan in full. There is no cost to participate in Job Corps technical assistance programs; however, participating in these programs may decrease a student's chance of being accepted into the Job Corps for the following career roles: recruiter, teacher, aide, technician and office support specialist. Some students who participate in the Transition Assistance Program, which is an extra incentive to remain in a job when their period of participation in the Job Corps ends, do not qualify for participation in the Basic Life Skills Program and may apply for employment in different career fields or for different Job Corps positions.