City officials working on new employment, training office on Colonial Drive

During last week’s meeting of the Orlando City Council, commissioners approved the a new program that aims at helping residents in gaining employment and necessary training.

The new RISE Employment and Training Program is the city’s initiative in partnership with CareerSource of Central Florida, to provide access to opportunities for job training, coaching, and support services for residents in need of employment.

The program will operate out of 1221 West Colonial Drive, Suite 301, beginning in April, according to city officials.

“Education and job training removes barriers and opens doors to opportunity for everyone,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “That is why the city is excited to launch the new RISE Employment & Training Program and Office to ensure we are a city where every resident feels equally valued, equally protected and has a fair shot and real opportunity to thrive.”

The RISE office will be staffed in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida as the region’s official workforce agency and offer on-site connections with the agency’s system of employers, skills training partners and apprenticeship programs, as well as access to scholarships.

Participants will have access to social services, career assessments, case management, career counseling, job search/placement assistance and basic computer training, among other services. The program will also allow participants to develop connections within CareerSource’s network of programs, as well as afford opportunities for residents to have tuition fees covered through federal sources, including city funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

To learn more information about the program, or to receive updates regarding its opening, visit the city of Orlando’s RISE Employment and Training Program webpage.

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