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Career Training Programs

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Career Training Programs
Good jobs are important for everyone regardless of age or financial class. The right training can ensure that you are able to get the best job possible for you. Training isn't just for the rich or even the middle class. In many communities across America, programs are in place to train low-income individuals. Also, you're not too old to learn. Adult training centers are available for workers of all ages who are ready to pursue a different career or ready to advance their skills in a career they're already in.

Acquiring new skills boosts your ability to succeed in the job market. Programs are available to help aspiring workers gain the training they need to improve their employment prospects in high demand fields. Information on available programs established by the federal government's Department of Labor Employment and Training Association can be found on their website.

Why Train?
Get a better job - Better job means different things to different workers. It may mean that the work itself is more fulfilling or that you are able to gain a position where you perform better because you enjoy the work. For many workers, better job=better pay.

Get a promotion - Training can mean that you no longer just watch the people around you moving into better positions at work; now you are in line for a promotion yourself.

Improve your self-confidence - The ability to achieve and succeed is a great boost to self-confidence. By receiving training, you can begin to see yourself navigating life with the skills you want to move forward.

Set an example - People are watching you make decisions for your life. Your willingness to take a risk and work hard to gain additional training can be an inspiration to co-workers and to young people in your world.

Boost employability - The skills gained through training are likely to be the exact skills that employers are looking for. Trained workers have the best chance at securing stable employment.

Transition from previous to next job - Workers are considered "dislocated" when they can't find a job in their field of experience. Dislocated workers are in need of a new career. Training can be a vital step in ending dislocation and re-entering the workforce.

Get qualified for a job quickly - "Quickly" is somewhat relative. Understandably, you'd like to step into meaningful employment today. Realistically, you may need two years of training, and those two years can feel like a lifetime. However, if you emerge from the training with a lifetime career, two years is indeed comparatively "quick."

Gain hands-on experience - Many training programs rely on hands-on experience. Workers who have struggled with classroom or bookwork can still succeed with hands-on training.

Secure job placement - Some programs help with job placement and even follow trained workers for six months after placement. These programs tend to be competitive and have stricter eligibility requirements. For qualifying workers, they can be life changing.

Continue to the next page to find the right career training program for you.