#1 He has technical skills, which he learned in Greater West Town’s Shipping & Receiving Training Program.
#2 He has stellar recommendations from multiple references, because he demonstrated a learner’s attitude and a serious work ethic during the 12 weeks of training at GWTP.
#3 He accessed connection to the best opportunities available through the job placement services of GWTP.
Carlos is a packer with a supplier of high-quality kitchen, bath and rough plumbing products, earning a steady income, and enjoying status as a productive member of society. But it wasn’t always that way.
Carlos ran into legal trouble that greatly limited his opportunities. Tired of dead-end jobs, he turned to Greater West Town’s Shipping & Receiving Program to pick up more specific technical skills. He studied 12 weeks of computerized inventory control, RF scanners, forklifting, UPS/FedEx Shipping, and OSHA standards.
When asked how the training at GWTP has helped him on the job, Carlos says,
“That’s easy! Most of the time on the job I’m doing the same exact things we learned in training. Forklift certification was helpful, and the staff really installed it in us to get the skills.”
It is evident to all his coworkers that Carlos has the full package: skills, good work habits, and great attitude. The company vice-president has seen Carlos in motion and says, “I wish I could clone him! When other people are standing around, Carlos is always working.”
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