The Urban Tech Jobs Program (UTJP) is an accelerated technology training program that is exclusively designed for unemployed adults. The customizable program includes Job Readiness and Resiliency workshops, certificate or license bearing technology training classes, and paid work based training. Program graduates will be able to compete for jobs in a high demand and growing industry.
Why work in the tech field?
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs have the highest earnings projections, highest job growth, and lowest unemployment rate of any industry. According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM jobs earn more than 26% more than other career paths and their job growth projection is estimated to increase by 17%. Employers often have a difficult time finding qualified and skilled workers. UTJP bridges that gap by collaborating with hiring companies to design and offer training for the jobs they need filled.
- Job readiness, personal resiliency, academic achievement, & vocational assessments
- Assessment informed and customized individual service plan
- Customized program design based on your needs
- Fast tracked, paid work experience placement
- Technology coursework that open area jobs require
- Certificate bearing coursework
- Access to incentive pay and emergency funds
This program is made possible through a grant from the US Department of Labor to serve a specific group of citizens; therefore, not everyone who applies to UTJP is eligible for its services. For this reason, the Urban League must screen all applicants to be sure they meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the Department of Labor grant.
There are three (3) immediate qualifiers that applicants must meet in order to be enrolled in UTJP, they are based on age, unemployment status, and minimum education aptitude.
The UTJP is available only for those applicants who are over the age of 18. Proof of age will be required and documented during the enrollment process. A birth certificate or passport is sufficient proof of age. In the event the applicant does not have a passport or access to their birth certificate, they may present two forms of government issued, photo identification; such as, a driver’s license/state issued non-driver’s identification and school identification with photo. For other acceptable alternative identification documents please consult page 5 of the IRS I-9 form (http://www.uscis.gov/files/ form/i-9.pdf).
UTJP is exclusively designed for those who have struggled to return to the workforce. Therefore, the enrollment process requires that applicants demonstrate documentation of their unemployment history. For this program, unemployment is defined as anyone who lost their job during or after December 2007 and have been unemployed for up to 26 consecutive weeks. Long Term Unemployment is defined as someone who lost their job during or after 2007, has been unemployed for 27 consecutive weeks or longer and has exhausted or nearly exhausted their unemployment benefits. Underemployment is also considered under the unemployment umbrella. Underemployment is defined as anyone who lost their job during the same previously mentioned period and have obtained only episodic, short-term, or part-time employment but have not reconnected with a full-time job on par with attained education, skills, and previous wage. An applicant that is employed, is a newly hired worker and whose work hours have been reduced and/or earning have declined is ineligible to participate in UTJP. Acceptable unemployment documentation is a letter of unemployment benefits from the State Department of Labor. Acceptable underemployment documentation is two pay-stubs from current or most recent employer.
One of the ultimate goals of UTJP is to prepare its participants to attain a vocation/certification program and/or enrollment into a higher education institution. The tech training courses are designed for participants with a high school level education; therefore, applicants must possess a minimum education level to be eligible. During the enrollment phase, applicants will be given a Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) or an equivalent. A score in Reading and Math at the 10th Grade is the minimum requirement to be enrolled.
For more information contact: gro.xdplunull@PJTU