John Christian Harvey is one of more than 60 people who have been trained. So far, 10 of the graduates have found employment in their respective fields.
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio’s Ready to Work program has attracted nearly 8,000 applicants and 62 graduates since its launch in May. The city is working to implement accountability measures alongside partner agencies to ensure there is a steady pipeline of talent coming out of the program.
The $200 million initiative is funded by a voter-approved 1/8 cent sales tax in 2020.
Dozens of local employers from multiple industries have pledged support for the program, which aims to provide education and training to those seeking in-demand, higher-paying jobs.
“We are seeing a very large increase in health care and the health care industry with certified physician assistants, registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses,” said Mike Ramsey, director of the workforce development department. work of the city of San Antonio.
More than 500 people have signed up for Ready to Work, according to a online city dashboard. Of the 62 people who completed the training, 10 got jobs as CDL truck drivers, who pay a median hourly wage of $20.
John Christian Harvey completed a 10-week course in October, gaining skills in woodworking and business marketing.
Harvey and his brother run a woodworking business.
“We made things out of bed frames, we made things out of wardrobes. We pretty much did everything,” Harvey said. “I’m just trying to promote the business as a whole better. Simple things like using a tape measure or just applying a certain degree or sanding it to a different degree.
He was also able to take advantage of mental health counseling and college opportunities through Ready to Work.
“I’m just trying to promote the business as a whole better. Simple things like using a tape measure or just applying a certain degree or sanding it to a different degree,” Harvey said. “Personally, it’s been vital. It’s certainly played a big role in terms of controlling things.
Manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, and transportation are some of the in-demand fields where qualified candidates are sought.
One of the city’s missions is to create accountability measures as agencies such as Alamo Colleges District and Restore Education attempt to increase program capacity over the next six years.
Registered candidates can continue their training and receive a variety of support services until May 2028.
“We use public funds. We want to make sure that we keep the public informed of how these public funds are being spent. We want to show you where we are doing very well and where we need to improve,” Ramsey said.
Eligibility requirements for the work loan include being at least 18 years old when applying, being a resident of San Antonio, and earning an income below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines ($33,975 for a individual or $69,375 for a household of four).