Overview of the Ready to Work Program
Ready-to-Work training consists of AIDT soft skill specifics in a course led by a Ready-to-Work Instructor. The participants receive training in soft skills that will improve employee retention, time management, problem-solving skills and critical-thinking techniques. The last ten to thirteen weeks of the program is driven by the needs of the employer. During these weeks, students will have a focused training curriculum from specific industries represented in their region. These weeks will also include tours of the work sites, speakers from the various industries, interview training with human resource professionals and on-site employment interviews.
The Ōnin Group’s purpose is to Create Opportunity and Empower People, which is why Ōnin is facilitating the Ready to Work program to provide pathways for high school seniors. This Ready-to-Work program powered by Ōnin runs during the school year and combines AIDT’s soft skill career readiness training with an employer-driven curriculum that is tailored by the employers to meet real hiring needs with their specific industry tracks.
The High School Ready To Work is designed around two main focuses. Soft Skill (ie.essential skills training) and Industry Focused Training.
The number one pain point that employers face, is not finding qualified talent. The skills gap has widened and employers are looking for individuals who have the essential workplace skills to thrive in any company. Along with the essential soft skills, theHigh School Ready To Work program is built around shared industry hiring needs across multiple industry clusters. Each industry cluster is built by employers so that students learn what skills employers are hiring for and they get to experience that industry world during their school year.
The focus and design of theHigh School Ready To Work program is that it is Employer led. The challenge of the skills gap has to be met by those who have the most at stake, which is the employer. The number one pain point that employers face, is not finding qualified talent, therefore building a sustained talent pipeline starts with employers learning how to “grow their own” and matching their industries’ hiring demands with the future workforce.
True forms of impact require new forms of communication. The strength of theHigh School Ready To Work program is built around shared industry hiring needs across multiple industry clusters. Each industry cluster is built by employers, so that students learn what skills employers are hiring for and they get to experience that industry world during their school year.
Certification Requirements include:
- 95% Attendance and punctuality rate
Satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude and motivation
- 70% or higher on all required assessments
- Successful completion of Work Keys assessment with level 3 or higher
Curriculum & Credentials
Students go through AIDT soft skills training. Students will focus on communication skills, workplace behavior all the way to money management. Students will always learn about specific industries such as the manufacturing, healthcare, automotive and hospitality industries. With employer presentations, industry tours and virtual tours. Students will get a close look of relevant industries in their area.
With successful completion of the High School Ready to Work Program our students will earn:
- The Alabama Certified Work Certification
- National Career Readiness Certification
- 1 free course at any school in the Alabama Community College System