Job Readiness Training

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

Click here for the 2015 Workforce Training Flyer and 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.

Second Chance uses the STRIVE job readiness training program whose attitudinal training model is a highly effective curriculum for rebuilding lives by successfully connecting people to gainful employment. 

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 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.

Second Chance uses a leading technology system called SARA for maintaining contact with clients pre and post training.  Click here for more information.

OGYoga is a new feature of our job readiness training program.  Yoga, meditation and mindfullness.


Click here for the 2015 Workforce Training Flyer and Class Schedule

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

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 Adult Training and 14-24 for Youth programs.

Do I need a high school diploma or GED?

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

Do you provide bus tokens/bus passes?
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 more than 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 four 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 skills training" which means we do not do anything technical.  We work on attitude and all the steps to undertake a successful interview and get the job!

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 keep the job and 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.