Free Website connects Young People to Job Training

By on June 6, 2019

From The St. Louis American:  The St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition, in partnership with the Clark-Fox Family Foundation, has launched Blueprint4Careers, a free web platform that connects students and young people to training programs for middle-skill jobs.

The open and free platform is accessible to any individual across the region and will be marketed specifically to youth ages 17-25 living in in St. Louis and North St. Louis County.

Featuring content from the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative, the platform allows users to explore high-demand occupations that offer livable wages and career advancement opportunities without a four-year degree, learn more about what it looks like to work in our region’s high-growth industries, and create an account to find free or affordable work training programs.

“We know there are numerous high-quality credentialing and apprenticeship programs in the St. Louis region, however there is a lack of awareness among young people – particularly with youth of color,” said Katie Kaufmann, director, Ready By 21 St. Louis.

“Blueprint4Careers will strengthen our regional talent base by better connecting young people to education and training programs that lead to middle-skill jobs and support their success in life.”

Middle-skill occupations are an essential part of Missouri’s workforce and currently account for four out of every 10 jobs, according to the Missouri Economic Research. Blueprint4Careers provides direct access for young people to navigate and participate in career-accelerating opportunities and fills the demand for middle-skill occupations that will help maintain a strong regional economy by promoting educational programs that meet workforce needs.

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