The skills training initiative aims to create a talent pool for industries such as healthcare, cybersecurity and manufacturing in San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio’s $200 million job training program known as SA: Ready to Work already has more than 800 people pre-registered. The job training initiative targeting low-income residents is expected to officially open registration on Monday.
The program will be funded by a voter-approved 1/8 cent sales tax until December 2025.
“It will be a more cohesive workforce development ecosystem here in the San Antonio area where members of our community who need help will be effectively served and the results they receive, they will experience the lives of their families for generations to come,” said Mike Ramsey, Executive Director of Workforce Development for the City of San Antonio.
Ready to Work aims to enroll 28,000 community members in an education or training program over the next five years and lead them into high-paying jobs in a variety of industries.
More than 160 employers have committed to working with the city on the skills training program and sharing their current employee needs.
Toyota, Frost Bank and USAA are just a few of the companies that have signed the non-contractual commitment to hire those who complete the Ready to Work training.
Healthcare, manufacturing and cybersecurity are among the industries seeking new talent through the city’s new program.
Ramsey said the recent passage of the $1.2 billion bond program highlights the need for skilled workers.
“Especially in the construction trades. We want to make sure our local contractors are prepared with a large enough workforce to be able to complete these projects,” Ramsey said.
The program involves the coordination of several partners, including Workforce Solutions Alamo, Project QUEST, Restore Education and Alamo Colleges District to provide intake and case management services.
Participants will receive tuition to help them earn associate’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as industry-recognized credentials in the trades.
Eligibility depends on income level, commitment to completing the program, and being at least 18 years old.
Ramsey noted that the goal is to provide trainees with $1,500 in emergency funds for the duration of the program.
“We want to make sure the dollars are available for paying utility bills. Look for ways to support participants who need access to basic necessities such as food,” Ramsey said.
Emergency funds can also be used to remove barriers preventing interns from finding employment, such as transportation services and clearing criminal records.