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El Barrio - Workforce Development

At the El Barrio Workforce Development Center we focus on matching qualified candidates to companies looking for diversity in their organization. Our training and intensive case management services prepare individuals to enter the workforce ready and motivated. We work with both the individuals seeking training and employment opportunities and the employers who understand that economic development is directly linked to employment.

We Get Our Clients On The Right Career Path

We provide training and supportive services that results in steady jobs and career-building opportunities. Our training courses include:

  • General Job Readiness -- A one month training and job search program that teaches the skills to look for, find and retain employment.  Clients meet and practice skills with representatives from the most important companies in our area.
  • Job Readiness in Espanol -- One month training and job search program totally delivered in Spanish that will teach the necessary skills to find a job and help our clients become more familiar with basic resources.
  • Customer Service Program -- One month training and job search program that focuses on retail, banking, hospitality, healthcare and the call center industries. Instructors from well-known international and national companies teach our clients about applying to their companies and getting jobs. We also provide certifications.
  • Refugee Employment Program -- Ongoing program that assists eligible refugees to learn English and find employment to start a new life in the United States.
  • English as a Second Language -- With levels ranging from beginning to advanced, our signature ESL classes are a perfect tool for those needing to learn or improve their use of the English language.  Sessions are eight weeks long, twice a week.
  • Case Management & Retention Services -- We work with clients to offer supportive services through training and employment to ensure they are successful in their role.

We Help Companies Find Qualified and Diverse Candidates

We work hand-in-hand with some of the largest and most successful companies in our region, including The Home Depot, The Marriott, Dollar Bank, The Cleveland Clinic and CVS to match them with a strong pool of talent. We partner with companies to:

  • Refer pre-screened, qualified and diverse candidates
  • Offer low-cost and non-committal hiring opportunities
  • Impact turnover by assisting in retention efforts
  • Provide venue for structured community outreach and unlimited promotional activities

National and Local Involvement

Our El Barrio Workforce Development Center is an active member of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), of which it was selected 2012 Midwest Affiliate of the Year and Best Practice Model in Training. We are also a technology center for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and an authorized trainer and proctor for the National Retail Federation Foundation.

We know that together we can drive economic development, improve quality of life for hundreds of individuals and impact poverty in our community. For more information about our services, or to enroll in one of our programs, call 216.325.WORK.