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Job Training

Many communities have special government, private sector, or non-profit youth job training programs. These opportunities can help you get started in actual programs that interest you.

America's Job Bank
Computerized network linking the 2,000 state Employment Service offices across the nation, providing job seekers with a vast pool of active job opportunities. Openings represent all types of work, although most are in the private sector and are full time. Search for jobs, create and submit a résumé to the system, and conduct and save customized job searches. http://www.ajb.org

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America’s Learning Exchange:
Allows visitors to search for classroom courses, distance learning opportunities, web-and computer-based training, educational programs, apprenticeship programs, conference workshops, and seminars and for the providers that offer them. Has four different searchable databases. http://www.alx.org

Career Infonet
Provides information including job market trends and wage figures, helping prospective job searchers to make better, more informed career decisions. http://www.acinet.org/acinet

Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Students who are admitted receive their training (academic, vocational, and social skills) at a selected Job Corps center. With good performance, they can also receive advanced training.
To apply for Job Corps or receive answers about eligibility or benefits, you can contact Job Corps toll-free by calling: (800)733-JOBS [(800)733-5627]

The National Youth Employment Coalition, along with the U.S. Department of Labor and several private foundations, have put together the "Promising and Effective Practices Network" (PEPNet). PEPNet recognizes organizations which are particularly excellent at youth employment and training (especially for economically disadvantaged youth). There are currently 43 recognized outstanding programs from around the U.S. in PEPNet.

US Department of Labor
This department oversees job training for many people, including youth and the economically disadvantaged. Training is afforded through grants to states for local training and employment programs. Program services include an assessment of an unemployed individual's needs and abilities and a services such as classroom training, on-the-job training, job-search assistance, work experience, counseling, basic skills training, and support services. For more information:
Office of Employment and Training Programs
Rm. N4469 U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210

A comprehensive youth and community development program and an alternative school. YouthBuild offers job training, education, counseling, and leadership development opportunities to unemployed and out-of-school young adults, ages 16-24, through the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing in their own communities.
YouthBuild USA
58 Day Street, P.O. Box 440322, Somerville, MA 02144
phone: 617-623-9900; fax: 617-623-4331
YouthBuild USA West Coast Regional Office
1755 Broadway, Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612
phone: 510-663-4600; fax: 510-663-4610

The Labor Department's Office of Education and Training Administration lists many youth job training programs at http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/default.asp

You can also call state government listings in the telephone directory under such names as Employment and Training, Human Resources, Employment Service, Job Service, or Employment Security Commission.

Additionally, you can explore internships or apprenticeships in the fields you find interesting or see if your area has a "Private Industry Council."

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