Do some good for your karma and your home with a Be Handy workshop

This summer, our Adult Workforce team is leading DIY home repair workshops to provide additional revenue to bring our job training and computer literacy programs to more Central Texans in 2013. These classes are led by experienced instructors who can show you all of the secrets to home repair and DIY. Participants will learn how to: purchase and use the five essential tools (May 15) install and change light switches (May 22) do a professional-level caulk and tiling job (May 29) cover Continue Reading >

Organization skills crucial to business and employee success

Organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking are crucial for the small business owner or company employee balancing multiple deadlines. Knowing that it will help to be more organized and actually getting more organized are two different things, however. Here are some tips to get you motivated: You will be more efficient. How much time do you spend searching through folders or digging through piles of papers? Think of all the things you could do if these documents were in a system and you knew Continue Reading >

Industry engagement in workforce development crucial, report finds

Our Gateway team is often asked how its job training programs are so successful at turning graduates into job-holders. The Gateway numbers are well above the rest: more than 80 percent of graduates finding a job in the field within 45 days and more than 90 percent graduate. We recently found a paper, titled "Building America’s Job Skills with Effective Workforce Programs: A Training Strategy to Raise Wages and Increase Work Opportunities," that summarized the answer well. Here's the Continue Reading >

Tackle Your Next DIY Project with Our Help

Skillpoint Alliance is using our construction expertise for the common good this summer with Be Handy workshops for the general public. Skillpoint Alliance has been facilitating construction trainings since 1994, when the first group of graduates was trained to turn Bergstrom Air Force Base into the airport it is today. The Gateway team and Adult Workforce Division are experts in everything home repair-related; you name it, they can show you how it's done and the tricks to getting it done Continue Reading >

Thank you Klein Tools!

Happy weekend!  Good news for our Gateway trainees today: Klein Tools is donating $7,600 worth of high-quality toolkits to our graduating Gateway Construction trainees.   Thanks to this donation, the Gateway program is able to cut out a significant expense of the Construction trainings. We want our graduates to be as prepared as possible for their first day on the job, so purchasing toolkits is a must. However, even the most basic toolkit costs around $35 per person. This Klein Tools Continue Reading >

Get Organized with NEXT Organization Skills

Our very first NEXT training, Organization Skills, is filling up fast. The training will cover effective strategies to make the most of time and resources by utilizing and developing organization skills. Organization is key part of maintaining a healthy and productive work life, cutting down on stress, wasted time and sense of chaos. Many people organize their lives differently and we've developed a training that explores different organization styles to fit each participant's preference. Continue Reading >

Calling all business leaders! Join the Adult Workforce Council

Are you a member of the business community in Central Texas who wants to see our economy grow? If that's a yes for you, then you would make a perfect addition to our Adult Workforce Council. What is the Adult Workforce Council? It's a group of community and business leaders who know that one of the keys to our economic health is keeping our workforce specialized and skilled. The council meets quarterly, with three working committees in between the quarterly meetings. You will have a chance Continue Reading >

Key Findings from the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis

We read the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis, recently released by the Austin Area Research Organization and the Ray Marshall Center and just knew we had to share. There are many Austinites who are unaware that workforce development is one of the most pressing issues that our community faces. The statistics are out there about how well-educated our community is, but this does not always translate to a well-developed workforce. Austin has jobs and Austin has the Continue Reading >

Reserve your spot now for the College and Career Expo

April showers bring...College & Career Expo registration time! Skillpoint Alliance is proud to host the Expo for the 17th time in 2013 on October 10 at the Palmer Events Center. More than 3,500 high school juniors and seniors will attend to learn more about the career they could have in Central Texas after completing post-secondary education. Companies will be placed right next to the academic departments they hire from, a win for the student, business and post-secondary institution. The Continue Reading >

Why We’ve Launched NEXT Intermediate Job Training

After almost a full year of researching, planning and developing, we're ready to launch our newest program, NEXT. This pioneering, innovative program is a big deal for the Central Texas workforce. We currently train for entry-level positions through our Gateway program, but our Adult Workforce Councilmembers, almost 80 in all, were consistently asking that we look into training for intermediate positions. There is an educational gap in Austin for employees who need specialized training to Continue Reading >