The last training program of the Division of Youth Safety and the Society for Human Resource Management’s Workforce Readiness Initiative graduated participants from its Basic Computer Skills course and are now ready and qualified to join the workforce.
This fourth and final program, sponsored by the 2013 Leadership and Economic Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency (a DYS project), graduated nine trainees in Aug. 9, completing a two-week, 20-hour course. The course objectives were introduction to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, under the instruction of Nat Angeles of Tan Holdings.
“Hotels, private companies, and government agencies all have a need for staff with computer skills,” said Frank Gibson, Initiative program manager for SHRM. “Many of our trainees had some previous work experience, but some are just entering the workforce. The training they received in this program will give them a better understanding of basic skills that will make the company’s training and orientation easier and more effective. Many of the trainees also completed an earlier program in either food service/wait staff, warehousing, or front desk skills. Some of the trainees are also eligible for support from the WIA Work Experience or On-the-Job-Training Programs.”
“Since this final program in the grant was completed over a month ago, our trainees have been going out to businesses and applying for positions. They have résumés they prepared as part of this program and a certificate of participation. I hope our businesses will recognize the potential of these applicants and give them an opportunity to show their capabilities. They received good solid training from a knowledgeable and experienced instructor from the business community. They will all do well and I urge employers to contact the Initiative office at 233-7476, or me personally, at 287-7476, to arrange for interviews.”
The fourth SHRM/DYS Initiative program participants were Edel May Almedejar, Francisco Borja, Nina Braganza, Heather Camacho, Linda Dowai, Rebecca Lisua, Nieves Romolor, Irene Tolentino, and Adolfo Roppul.
The Basic Computer Skills program included job preparation classes mainly on Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. For Microsoft Word the participants learned how to type résumés, memos, format a document, work with pictures/images, header and footer, working with tables, formatting paragraphs, columns, rulers, page background, saving, and printing. For Microsoft Excel the participants learned how to create spreadsheets, tables, formatting, working with formulas, inserting column/row, and sorting/filtering data, printing/print preview, and renaming and saving file.
Gibson said the success of the program was due to the professional skills and the interest of the instructor. “I would like to thank Mr. Nat Angeles, IT manager for Tan Holdings, who worked with the participants to provide them with a higher level of computer skills that will better prepare them for employment. I certainly appreciate Tan Holdings and Mr. Angeles willing assistance.”
SHRM’s partnership with the Division of Youth Services in its Workforce Readiness Initiative is funded by a grant awarded to the CNMI SHRM by the CNMI Division of Youth Services, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, funded by a community service block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the 2013 Leadership and Economic Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency Program. This Initiative to benefit the community was held from July 29 to Aug. 9.
SHRM seeks the help of the business community to make this program a success and asks that businesses notify the Workforce Readiness Initiative of types of staff that they might need, so that the Initiative can refer program graduates to help fill these needs. SHRM asks businesses to work with the Initiative to place the people trained by the various programs into their organizations. In turn, the SHRM Workforce Readiness Initiative will work with WIA to help with salary costs.
The Workforce Readiness Initiative was conducted for the benefit of unemployed U.S. qualified workers. Although the Initiative did not guarantee a job for every participant, it made every effort to get each graduate employed. Several companies have already accepted Initiative graduates and the Initiative will continue to source jobs through its SHRM member companies and other employers. Companies interested in considering Initiative graduates can contact Gibson at email@example.com or call the Initiative Office at (670) 233-7476. (SHRM)