Structural unemployment is a problem that can affect people from different walks of life. Mike Bagley is a 52-year-old who used to work as a retail supervisor at Tampa International Airport. He was laid off four months ago and is no longer receiving unemployment checks. He is interested in going into the field of graphic design. He currently has a part-time job at Target.
Mike is concerned because the money that he is making is not going to last much longer. Bryant Reynoso works in the field of IT. He managed to keep himself afloat after the ITT Technical Institute collapsed last year. He worked at Chik-fil-a and decided to take the day off to attend a training seminar.
Bryant wants to get into the technical industry, but he has had trouble doing so. Bryant is 30 years younger than Mike, but they are still having the same issue. They lack the skills needed to start a new career.
The good news is that there are some resources that can help you if you are facing structural unemployment.
Workplace Training Programs
Workplace training programs are free. Tori Henderson, who is a 22-year-old graduate of Southern University, managed to enhance her career with a workplace training program. She completed training in phlebotomy, which is a field that is expected to grow by 25 percent by the year 2024.
Technical Schools and Community Colleges
Many people are wary about going to a traditional university because of the $1.4 trillion student loan debt. That is why you may want to consider trying a technical school. Technical schools are cheaper, and 85 percent of the students who attend one qualify for financial aid. Many people are able to complete the programs in just one year.
You can also make a decent living by completing a training program. In fact, many people, such as electricians, are making six figures.
Non-Profit Coding Bootcamp
Matt Mawhinney is the director of a program that is known as the LaunchCode. It is a 20-week program that teaches people how to code. People will have to take two, three-hour classes per week. It is free. Matt stated that the goal is to make it easier for people to get into the technical field.
The program is based in Tampa, and it starts in October. However, there are also programs available in Kansas City, Portland, Seattle and St.Louis.
Your Local Library
You do not have to go to the Panera or Starbucks to get free Wi-Fi. You can also go to your local library. You can use the free Wi-Fi to take advantage of the free online training programs. The library also has training programs that can make it easier for older people to get adjusted to new technology. There are also resources available for people who are interested in starting their own business.
You will be surprised to find out what resources are available at your local library. The great thing about the library is that the resources are free.
Your Local Trade Union
Trade jobs are not the most glamorous type of work that you can do, but they do pay well. However, the training that you need can be completed in a short amount of time. Trade jobs are also expected to increase in number by 11.5 percent by 2024. Additionally, the job pays well. Many people are making over $51,000 per year.
Local Union 123 is one of the companies that offers training for trade jobs. They offer people a five-year apprenticeship for pipe-fitting trades. Danny Elmore is an electrician who understands the value of a good skill. He stated that he has been able to work every day that he has wanted to. He has been working in the same field for the past 38 years.