A WorkReady program customized for veterans will be piloted in the Casco/Naples area beginning in October. The program aims to create an opportunity for participants to network with veteran-friendly employers, discuss issues specific to vets re-entering the workplace, and feel supported in their transition back to the civilian workforce.
The WorkReady Credential is a 60-hour workforce training developed by the Adult Education division of the Maine Department of Education in collaboration with local workforce investment boards. The program prepares participants for the attitudinal and disciplinary rigors of employment by offering a highly structured simulated work environment that encourages the type of behavior required for workplace success.
The standards-based training provides participants with concrete skills to get a job (career exploration, resume writing and interviewing) and imparts the basic qualities of a good employee: a strong work ethic, reliability, punctuality and a positive demeanor.
WorkReady programs rely on partnerships with area employers, and participants receive feedback from local hiring professionals and participate in at least two mock interviews with these professionals. WorkReady has proven successful in helping adults prepare themselves to reenter the workforce.
Crooked River Adult Education (MSAD 61 & 72 Regional Adult Ed) and BONNEY staffing have partnered to offer this program to post-9/11 veterans in the area. Any veteran interested should call Crooked River (627-4291) or BONNEY Staffing (892-2286) for registration information.
The program is offered without cost to participants. Please watch the Good Day Maine video for more information. Adult Education hopes to be able to offer this program state-wide in upcoming months.
Resources and more information
- Good Day Maine video: WorkReady for Returning Veterans
- WorkReady website
- Megan Dichter
WorkReady Statewide Coordinator