COVID-19 shocked the world, creating the first pandemic of this generation; holding us hostage and workers paralyzed. As vaccines have become readily available, H2H is pivoting to meet post-COVID worker needs… but what does that look like?
The after-affects of COVID has lefts its mark and still shaping the new world of work at all levels. Front-line workers, deemed ‘essential’ have risen with a new-found power they are now wielding… no longer accepting low wages or just accepting the same level of pre-COVID worker exploitation.
The fast-food, restaurant and hotel industries, for example, are currently facing extreme worker shortages, forcing them to change their hiring models and wage structures. As a direct result of the power workers achieved due to the collateral impacts of COVID, these industries have been deeply disrupted.
Due to COVID, the economic value of these front-line workers has elevated, creating Worker Power. Power is bolstered by having the choice to stay at home while demanding higher living wages, health benefits and stable schedules for a better work-life balance. In response to this new-found Worker Power, a large world-wide franchise has increased their starting salary $5.00 over minimum wage to create a competitive edge in the fast-food service industry... a BIG WIN for Worker Power!
Shaping Our Curriculum
To meet current labor demands, H2H has broadened its curriculum to include Transportation along with Food Service and Sanitation, and Customer Service. Following employment trends and immediate hiring shortfalls, we learned restaurant, hotel, transportation and client servicing workers are in high demand.
H2H is built around two (2) learning tracks: Entry Level to get the job and Licensure for Worker Empowerment.
The Entry-level training tracks include: five basic workforce domains:
The Power training tracks are built around helping participants achieve licensure, i.e., Food Sanitation or Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or certification, equipping them with advance skills for promotion, higher wages, upward mobility and broader options.
Worker Power is thereby derived when workers have better employment choices, wages and health benefits; have a say in their work-life balance and can take control over their career destiny.
The H2H Cohort Programs will bridge the gap of the unemployed, under-employed, and displaced workers from minority communities by providing job readiness and industry workforce skills. The outcomes of our educational training and workshops prepares these populations for better job opportunities and moving into lucrative careers.
The H2H MODEL follows a socio-economic impact agenda by targeting individuals 16+ and including the unemployed, under-employed, homeless, returning citizens, LBGTQ+, asylum seekers, immigrants, and domestic violence and sex trafficking victims as participants. We are partnering with food, transportation, retail and client servicing firms, industries highly impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns and currently facing mass hiring needs.
We are sustaining resources to continue this crucial and important work through grant funding, private donors, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, Internet solicitation (i.e., Go Fund Me), charitable foundations, investor capital and municipal funds.
H2H is partnering with housing agencies, civic, faith-based, like-focused community-based organizations, business leaders, staffing firms, workforce centers and workforce outreach services to recruit and guide participants through training cohorts in preparation for hire.
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