Helena program helps youth prepare for the future through on-the-job training

Jan 7, 2018 by

The Career Training Institute in Helena kicked off a nine-month comprehensive program on Friday to prepare students to enter the workforce or complete their education.

The program, called YouthBuild, provides case management, education and construction training services while also teaching career readiness and community service. During a nine-month period, the students will build a single family home in partnership with Habitat For Humanity. At the end of the program, they will be prepared to enter the workforce or pursue secondary education.

YouthBuild Helena is the lone program of its kind in Montana and one of 70 such programs in the country. Lisa Newman, the program director at CTI, said it last received funding for YouthBuild in 2015. Now, with renewed funding, the program can support 31 students in both 2018 and 2019. Students must be aged 16 to 24, and a majority of the slots are held for students who have not completed high school or an equivalency.

Students will learn building trades, tool identification and use, and construction math while building a home for a Helena family in need. In addition to working on a Habitat home, they will participate in small construction projects in the community like building a shed or greenhouse. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to receive a Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate. The certificate will help them qualify for apprenticeship programs in the area that provide necessary training without taking a break from the workforce.

Source: Helena program helps youth prepare for the future through on-the-job training | News | helenair.com

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