Any training program is really only as valuable as your potential to use it. Given the proper grants and educational opportunities many people could pursue the right training to prepare for a new career. Some schools and institutions will even offer additional resources for current and future graduates in the form of resume writing skills or interview preparation classes. Any bit of effort to place students into new jobs shows that the institution cares about their students. But wouldn’t it be better if they skipped all of that and just told the students that they have a job waiting for them when they finish? We think so, and that’s exactly what we do.
The programs we offer are specifically aimed at teaching current, useable skills that align the students with opportunities that already exist. Going beyond just the thought of certain skills being needed in the workplace, we find businesses that are scouting for these skills and immediately hiring the people that possess them. We ask them how many people they need and then go right to work finding them. For us, there is no good point in preparing for a job that isn’t in demand or that may not have openings.
Many schools and institutions rely on employment statistics to brag about the success of their programs and graduates. Some of them charge top dollar for programs that they claim yield high percentages of graduate placement. Often times these numbers are inflated unfairly because they reflect students that enter and leave their program while working at the same job. So it’s true that these people are working in the field after graduation, but it unfairly inflates the expectations of students that are transitioning to a new career. There are several other ways to twist and bend the data to make employment numbers look better. For us, the only acceptable number for employment statistics that measure the ability of people to find the work they are training for (as well as paying for) is 100%. Anything less is an empty promise.