Raleigh, NC, October 26, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. (www.communityworkforcesolutions.com) held the 2nd annual graduation ceremony for the Kroger community-based training program on October 1st. Thirteen individuals who successfully completed a training Program at the Kroger store at 350 Six Forks Road were honored with certificates of achievement. Twelve of the thirteen individuals were hired at six participating Kroger stores in the Raleigh area. The thirteenth graduate is currently in the process of being hired.
This innovative Community-Based Training Program is designed to offer individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment the opportunity to learn specific job skills related to their interests while providing Kroger with employees who are well-trained and ready for hire. This program originated in September 2007. Since that time, 24 individuals have completed the program and subsequently been hired at area Kroger stores. The retention rate for individuals hired at Kroger since the program’s inception is well over 70%.
Roger McGee, Executive Director of Community Workforce Solutions, Inc., states, “The partnership with Kroger grocery stores has proven to be a dynamic and beneficial program to the individuals we serve and the community at large. Our Job Coach works on-site at Kroger to personally train each individual that participates in this program, giving Kroger an ongoing pool of qualified employment candidates. This collaboration has truly become a great asset to both Kroger and the individuals receiving training.”
Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. is currently researching opportunities to expand the community-based training program to an additional site. If your business would like to be considered for this type of collaboration, contact Vivian Hotle at Vivian@communityworkforcesolutions.com
About Community Workforce Solutions, Inc.
Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people, the success of business, and the quality of community life by matching the right person to the right job. Through job training and placement services, persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment are placed in productive positions and encouraged to meet their own vocational goals. For more information visit http://www.communityworkforcesolutions.com.