COVID-19 has resulted in devastating job losses for thousands of Rhode Islanders and exacerbated the challenges faced by the state’s most vulnerable residents and their families. Many of the jobs lost paid less than $20 per hour, and most didn’t require a college credential. As we think about Rhode Island’s economic comeback, we’re making sure that no one gets left behind.
That’s why I launched Back to Work Rhode Island. It’s a first-of-its-kind workforce development initiative designed to get more than 5,000 Rhode Islanders into good-paying jobs. This program moves away from the old way of doing business – what I like to call the “train and pray” model – and focuses on a new approach: “train, support and hire.” This reimagined paradigm ensures those who have been traditionally underserved and are currently collecting unemployment receive the wraparound supports they need to get back to work.
I want to be clear: getting Rhode Islanders back to work isn’t a goal, it’s a promise. So, if you or a loved one are out of work, please visit the Back to Work website and learn more about the opportunities available to you. I also encourage you to stay up-to-date on news from my office by signing up to receive COVID-19 updates here and by joining the Back to Work RI group on Jobcase.
Together, we’ll get through this – and we’ll come out stronger and more resilient on the other side.
Gina M. Raimondo
For today's you know you're from Rhode Island I would like to showcase an ICON!!!
Yes, that's right, the Del's lemonade truck.
You know you're from RI when you can fully admit that Del's is NOT just lemonade. As in, there is no possible other lemonade that could taste as good so don't even bother. Also if you attempt to drink it with a straw someone will disown you...most likely.
You also know that you are from RI when you recognize that fall has ended and winter is coming because these trucks are no longer parked on the streets of Rhode Island.
Has anyone ever worked on one of these trucks during the summer?
I would have, but I probably would have just consumed all the product, haha.
Enroll in this fast track to CNC manufacturing if you’re interested in a good-paying career in manufacturing, one of Rhode Island’s fastest growing industries.
Through this FREE training, you will earn 10 college credits over 19 weeks and lean the fundamentals of manufacturing, safety, precision measurement and blueprint reading. You will also receive job interview training, resume building, help finding your first position as a CNC operator, and earn your OSHA-10 certification.
After completion, you can work as a CNC Operator or in entry-level jobs in manufacturing.
Looking for tips and tricks on saving money? Operation HOPE is hosting a FREE credit and money management workshop! Participants will learn the basics of creating a budget, reading a credit report, and establishing/rebuilding a credit profile.
Other topics Include:
At the conclusion of the orientation, participants will have an opportunity to schedule an appointment to enroll in Operation HOPE's FREE one-on-one counseling sessions.
Sign up now for tonight’s workshop.
Can’t make it tonight? No worries! There will be another orientation on Tuesday, October 27.
Interested in getting back to work? Want to get personalized career recommendations?
Rhode Island is teaming up with Google Cloud and Research Improving People's Lives (RIPL) to build a Virtual Career Center and first-of-its-kind Career Matching Bot. The bot will ask you questions about your work experience and career goals, and then, using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, will make personalized recommendations for best-match career and training pathways that you are likely to find rewarding!
The Virtual Career Center will be launching at the end of November, but starting today, Rhode Islanders can visit backtoworkri.com/signup to be first in line for personalized recommendations, and explore job and training opportunities that are available now!
The city of Central Falls is partnering with the Department of Labor and Training to host a virtual job fair.
The job fair will be streamed over Zoom and Facebook. Attendees will hear 5-minute presentations from employers who are looking to hire right now. Available positions include in-person and remote work.
Some of the participating employers include:
The job fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
There are SO many amazing features that Jobcase offers that are 100% FREE (like the resume generator tool) that many members are unaware of!
They will make you as excited as Buddy the elf during the holidays : )
Interested in learning about jobs in green industries?
Growing Futures RI is hosting an orientation that is your one-stop shop to learn about a variety of horticulture professions. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out what employers are hiring right now.
Green industry careers include landscape contractors, arborists, green engineers, masons, landscape architects, landscape designers, fruit/vegetable growers, and MORE.
A Zoom Orientation will be held this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
There are over 50 open jobs in industrial sewing RIGHT NOW! We've partnered with several textile manufacturers in the state to train and fill these positions immediately.
If you don’t know how to sew, no problem. We will teach you everything you need to know in our 3 week session. Successful graduates are guaranteed a job with benefits and paid time off.
Our first session starts on October 26 with a new one following every 3 weeks.
NRI Career Academy is offering a FREE 10-week Call Center and Banking Training Program.
Participants will learn how to strengthen their customer service skills by participating in an interactive training that incorporates blended learning opportunities such as classroom-style instruction, role play, simulations, and self-paced activities.
Successful graduates will receive specialized certificates from CCRI and Roger Williams University and be ready for employment in customer service, sales, banking and other exciting roles!
Training begins in November. Apply now!