Job Readiness Training

Better Attitudes.  Better Preparation.  These are the driving principles behind Second Chance’s Job Readiness Training program.

Click here for the 2014 Workforce Training Class Schedule

With pre-employment attitudinal and job readiness training, as well as job placement support services, Second Chance uses this program to lead participants to permanent employment and self-sufficiency.

Based on STRIVE, a nationally-recognized job readiness training program.  STRIVE’s attitudinal training model is a highly effective tool for rebuilding lives by successfully connecting people to gainful employment. Utilized throughout the United States the model is grounded in the notion that each individual must take “ownership” of his or her disposition in order to get – and keep – a job.

Second Chance is helping change the lives of some of the most "difficult-to-serve" populations in the region including at-risk youth, the homeless, recovering addicts and former prisoners reentering the community.

Since 2003, Second Chance has placed over 4,000 graduates (and counting) into employment. These graduates have been placed with 1,754 local employers with an average starting wage of $10.05.  

Second Chance offers the two-year program on a large scale, placing participants in good jobs at a record-setting pace.  With an emphasis on individual accountability, participants engage in 160 hours of intensive instruction during which they break personal barriers to self-sufficiency, obtain new job skills, develop résumés and career plans, and practice interviewing techniques.

With two years of graduate follow-up services — including behavioral treatment, affordable housing placement, job placement, professional clothing for interviews, computer lab support, and case management, the workforce training program can be the difference between moving up the ladder and a downward spiral.

Click here for the 2014 Workforce Training Class Schedule

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Job Readiness Training is supported in part by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Some frequently asked questions:

What does it cost?
The program is offered at no cost to the participants.

Is it only for men and women that have been in trouble or coming from jail?
No. The program is open to anyone who thinks they can benefit from it.

What is the age limit?
18+ for Adults Training and 16-21 for Youth programs.

Do I need a high school diploma or GED?
No.

Do you have night classes?
We do not currently offer night classes.

Do you provide bus tokens/bus pass?
Once you have graduated from the training program, our graduate connections program will consider requests for financial help related to employment.

What kinds of jobs do you have?
We work with over 400 employers in the San Diego area.  Our Job Developers will match your experience and expertise with a potential employer.  We are a work readiness program not an employment agency.

Do I have to go all four weeks? – What if I get a job?
Although we encourage individuals to complete the 4 week course, in the event you get a job, go to work... that's our goal for people – that they become self sufficient. 

What kind of training do you offer?
We do "soft skill training" which means that we do not do anything technical. We work on interviewing techniques and behavior modification.

Are the classes offered in Spanish or any other language?
The classes are only offered in English.

What is the program about?
The program is designed to assist individuals with changing their old behaviors and attitudes. It's about changing old negative behaviors and empowering individuals with the tools necessary to not only get a "job" but how to develop a career.

What is the length of the program?
Four weeks - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

When does the next cycle start?
Please click here to be taken to our annual training calendar of events.