The Career Achievement Network (theNet) applies a systematic approach for teaching soft skills and provides hands-on training to young adults. TheNet serves to connect these young adults with the workforce.
When you partner with theNET, you create the candidates that you hope to hire. By offering a first-time work experience, you help a young adult discover their own personal value. Join our growing coalition of local businesses and community partners to support the emerging workforce!
In 2014 local businesses and nonprofits identified 22 skills that are in-demand with employers. These include:
By becoming a partner of theNet, you can provide an experience that supports learning these skills and ultimately, strengthens our local workforce.
How You Can Get Involved
Implement theNET model at your organization Host a 200 hour work experience for a young person at your organization
Site supervisors should be prepared to manage their participant(s) and provide honest and constructive evaluations every 50 hours. Otherwise, the young person should be supervised like any other employee. They are expected to interview with you directly, and if they fail to meet expectations the site supervisor may let them go. Likewise, young people who excel can be considered for employment when they complete theNet.
Host sites will sign an agreement to ensure expectations are clearly articulated. Site supervisors will communicate with the organization that set up the work experience. Supervisors should be willing to mentor and train young people who have never had previous work experience. This entails setting clear expectations, holding them accountable, and being able to have constructive conversations about their strengths and potential for growth. Supervisors should also be able to complete and submit 50 hour evaluations.
Although there are some systematic deliver pieces that should not change, how you integrate the model into your learning platforms, such as a business or classroom, is up to you. Check out our Success Stories to see some of the ways that local employers and schools have adapted theNET model to fit their needs.
All Rethinking Careers facilitators are required to attend a two-day training. Attendees receive a facilitators binder. There is a fee to cover the cost of the training/materials. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
All Rethinking Careers facilitators attend a two-day training that goes over relevant facilitation techniques. While it may be helpful to have a previous background in teaching, counseling, or group facilitation, it is not necessary. The most successful facilitators usually have a good understanding of the nuances of workplace culture and how to have positive interactions with others. They should also be able to discuss benefits and perspectives for both employees and employers.
The most successful participants are willing to work and learn. They should be able to participate in a Rethinking Careers session and engage in discussions in which they are able to think about their thinking and behaviors. Successful participants usually have the help of a support system that is able to provide wraparound basic services.