Sunday, July 3, 2016

Having Workforce Programs in Low Income Areas

Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed in order to become a productive citizen. Imagine a world where, right after a student graduates high school, they are fully prepared to enter the workforce. There is much evidence to support the theory that schools that implement workforce programs provide students with the skills they need to enter the working world. Workforce programs provide guidance, support, and current programming that can help individuals succeed. If every high school had a career office, and taught workshops that included interviewing techniques, resume writing, job search, and workplace etiquette, more individuals would be prepared for the job market.

Children who come from low-income families are more likely to be unemployed and have lower levels of educations. This is an area of opportunity to reach out to communities plagued with poverty, and to provide the needed career resources to help combat unemployment rates. Having programs for both students and adults can prepare individuals of all ages to enter the workforce. Children need the right opportunities and exposure to career choices and options.  The government and various localities need to provide these social programs to help alleviate poverty. Workforce social programs can bring opportunities to communities that are low income. Residents might not have transportation or access to the internet and computers to search and apply for jobs. This social solution can provide career workshops and assistance in the job search process.

A community that is thriving with income and resources can reduce crime, gang violence, and other social problems that effect communities. If government programs do not allocate funds to start these community centers, macro practitioners can utilize their social work skills to gather needed materials for these centers. Macro practitioners can help with these issues by volunteering to teach various career classes. Organizing fundraisers for computers, resources, and other materials to help job seekers. Networking with businesses to donate money or items for new job packages which includes professional work clothes, bus passes, lunchboxes, and other items needed when someone starts a new job. Macro social workers are not only taught how to work directly with clients, but how to work with the community to solve social problems. Social workers can also utilize administrative skills to write grants to get additional funding to pay a full-time or part-time staff member to run the workforce program. Investing in the community can help reduce social problems if individuals are given the skills and tools to obtain employment.