Too often, the most vulnerable in our society lack access to job training programs that allow them to secure work, build confidence, and stay employed. At The RE Store, we’re working to build a more confident, educated, and healthy community through Community Jobs Training.
For the past 10 years, Community Jobs Training Program has worked to provide much needed job training opportunities to underserved members of our community. As our community works to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, workplace training is more important than ever before.
But we can’t do this great work without your help.
We know that things are tight right now, but we know immense good that lots of small contributions can make in our community. If you are in a position to join us in this effort, please consider making a gift today.
Building a confident, employed community
Community Jobs Training provides one-on-one job training opportunities to participants of local job-training programs. By partnering with various social justice organizations in the region, we’re able to ensure that job-training opportunities are accessible to all. Trainees that participate in Community Jobs Training gain important skills and connections that follow them after their program completion.
During their 3-month or 6-month program, trainees receive job assessments, help with their resumes, compassionate performance evaluation, and safety training. Our extensive curriculum focuses on soft and hard skills; including customer service, retail sales, administrative, marketing & communications, salvage & deconstruction, and woodworking. We work closely with our partners to build custom one-on-one coaching curricula tailored to the interests and skill-sets of each trainee.
We work with trainees from all walks of life: retirees, single parents re-entering the workforce, youth entering the workforce for the first time, students earning service learning credit, international (ESL) students, adults with disabilities, people recovering from injuries, soldiers transitioning from active duty, people transitioning from incarceration and more. These people are our neighbors, our community members, and our friends. We may help them obtain the skills they need, but it is their character and determination that drives their success.
Job Training opportunities
We provide a wide variety of opportunities for community members to gain the job skills they need to succeed. To learn more about participating in these opportunities, email us today.
Community Based Assessment – Community Based Assessments (CBA) determine an individual’s job interests and abilities within a certain position. CBA’s vary in length from three days to four weeks, allowing community members the opportunity to quickly be assessed on a variety of skills. We currently offer two different CBA opportunities – Administrative Assistant and Retail Associate.
Trainee positions – Trainees are placed with through our various partners, and complete 3-month or 6-month stays. During this time, trainees receive extensive job training, performance assessments, resume assistance, compassionate performance evaluation, and safety training.
Long-term Volunteer – Long-term volunteers play a pivotal role in our organization, allowing community members to engage with us in a deeper way. Long-term volunteers perform a number of tasks and are offered training opportunities to build their skills.
Federal Work-Study – Federal Work-Study is a form of financial aid in which students work part-time jobs during their undergraduate or graduate studies. Work Study allows students the opportunity to become familiar with a certain role or line of work.
Internship – An internship is an opportunity for a students to gain valuable career experience, explore fields of interest, develop professional networks and put theoretic knowledge into practice.
Our training opportunities change to meet the needs of the community. We currently train for the following roles.
Administrative Assistant – This position provides a variety of administrative support functions for RE Store staff, such as filing, data entry, answering phones, document creation, project research and more. Trainees will learn customer service, time management, proper phone etiquette, computer software programs, use of the Google suite of apps, merchandising, and more.
Facilities Custodian – This position aids in the up-keep of the sales floor, offices, and restrooms and performs duties such as safety walk-through’s, lawn care and maintenance, parking lot maintenance, vacuum and sweeping, and maintaining a high level of store cleanliness. Trainees will go through safety training and improve upon the following skills: organization, lawn care, recycling, general maintenance, custodial up-keep, and more.
Field Crew member – This position works directly with the salvage crew to aid in the salvage and deconstruction of structures in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. This advanced position will teach skills relating to deconstruction, minor construction, furniture repair, material identification, proper lifting and unloading techniques, power tool use, safe working habits, forklift driving and more.
Garden Assistant – The Garden Assistant will aid in the planting, weeding, trimming, watering, and harvesting of The RE Store garden and grounds. This position teaches skills relating to time management, plant identification, sustainable growing practices, general lawn care and landscaping maintenances, and sustainable environmental and reuse practices.
Retail Associate – The Retail Associate position provides a variety of retail and customer service functions for RE Store staff, including receiving, processing, organization, and merchandising. This position teaches trainees skills relating to customer service, merchandising, pricing and retail, minor furniture repair, safe working habits, forklift certification and more.
Revision Division Design-Build Training Institute
Our newest initiative, called the Revision Division Design-Build Training Institute, will help trainees develop valuable design and production skills to prepare for careers in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing industry is the fastest growing industry in Whatcom County – with 40% growth in the past 10 years, this industry supports more than 300 manufacturers and 9,000 manufacturing jobs. Our new Design-Build Training Institute Manager will be developing an experiential curriculum that will equip trainees with valuable trade skills such as product design, material sourcing, tool safety and use, forklift certification and product sales. Trainees will work directly with our experienced Revision Division craftspeople to design and build home furnishings from reclaimed materials and manufacturing by-products. By repurposing these items, Design-Build trainees will help divert usable material from the landfill while also providing our customers with value-added products available for sale in our online and brick and mortar stores.
The Design-Build Training Institute, which is an expansion of our Community Jobs Training Program, is supported in part through a 3-year grant awarded by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, WA.
By partnering with various social justice organizations in the region, we’re able to to ensure that job-training opportunities are accessible to all.
Many thanks to our partners:
Give a gift, build hope
Our job training program has proven results. With their newly acquired skills and confidence, nearly all of our graduated trainees find full time, stable employment. Community Jobs Training is primary funded by generous donors like you. With your help, we can provide valuable job training experiences to even more community members. Please consider giving a monetary gift today.