IIE and Legacy Alcoa Foundation (subsequently Alcoa Foundation and Arconic Foundation) worked with local nonprofit organizations to deliver unique workforce development programs that served more than 700 unemployed youth in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States between 2013 – 2017.
IIE and Arconic Foundation are currently working with local nonprofit organizations in France, the United Kingdom and the United States to allow an additional 225 individuals will participate in the program between 2018 – 2019. The goal of these programs is to provide youth with the workforce experience to pursue successful careers in manufacturing.
Each workforce development program incorporates the following components:
- Workforce Readiness and Counseling: Workforce readiness and counseling enables participants to acquire the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Soft skills are generally recognized as the interpersonal skills that help the worker function effectively in the workplace. For example, soft skills may include showing up to work on time, dressing appropriately, being able to communicate verbally and in writing, and solving problems.
- Paid Internship: Through paid internships participants acquire invaluable on the job training at small and medium sized manufacturing companies. The internship experience may entail safety training, job shadowing, and learning how to perform basic tasks using a specific type of manufacturing equipment.
- Career Planning and Placement: Career planning and placement helps participants to think strategically about their career options and develop career goals. The career planning and placement component will culminate in career fairs for all participants who have completed their internships. At the career fairs, participants network with manufacturers and training and education providers. Ideally the career fairs fulfill the participants’ immediate career goals by enabling them to secure employment or enroll in a program to further their education.
While each workforce development program incorporates the aforementioned components, each partner nonprofit organization designs and implements its own unique program that is best suited for the needs of the local population and community being served.