People have the appropriate skills to maintain a living wage employment.
Priority Focus Area: Individuals have the training and skills needed to obtain and maintain family-sustaining employment.
1. Increase/create employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records and/or individuals with substance abuse disorder through training/reengagement in education.
2. Provide support and education on training/post-secondary programs for individuals 18 and older that have or have not graduated high school but have not moved on to post-secondary programs and/or do not have sustaining employment.
3. Increase knowledge of, and/or access to training and education opportunities (i.e., credential training, soft skills development, paid work experience, etc.) for individuals that are under-employed or unemployed to access employment matching their skill set.
People in Southern Kentucky expressed that skill development, sustainable employment, and job availability are among the most important issues to be addressed in the community:
WHY IT MATTERS:
Research tells us that the ability to earn a living wage that is capable of providing for a family is based on many factors including educational achievement, skill set, work experience, and the availability of appropriate jobs. When families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency, they are more likely to have access to a broader range of educational, economic, and health-related opportunities. Conversely, those who are unemployed or underemployed are most likely to find themselves living in poverty with issues related to Education, Health, and Safety Net.