Why are there non-agriculture training options for Farmworkers?
We are funded through the US Department of Labor, and the priority is to ensure that our workforce has year-round, permanent employment. In Utah, livestock and dairy production tend to be year round, but most crop production is seasonal. Our farmworkers need training to make sure they can do other jobs during the winter. Most commonly, our clients that get jobs outside of agriculture work a permanent job year round, and also work in agriculture during the season.
Are there trainings that are required for all clients?
- WPS Pesticide Safety Training
- Food Handler's Permit or CPR Certification
- Basic Computer Training
- English Tutoring (If not a fluent English speaker)
- Job Search Skills Training
What other kinds of training are available?
It depends on the desires of the client, the job market for his/her "dream job." Some examples of training we have helped with include:
Computer Training - one client learned basic computer skills and then went on to get more training on making spreadsheets. Now, he uses spreadsheets to track other farmworkers' hours, crop production, and other things for the farm.
Another continued to learn more computer skills and now works in a medical clinic.
Commercial Driver's License - Many clients have completed CDL training. One uses his for work on a dairy, another works as a long-haul truck driver, and another got a job as a bus driver for a Migrant Head Start.
Office Work Experience - Several clients have done unpaid internships in FTT and other non-profit offices. Some of our clients have gotten office jobs at places ranging from a Migrant Clinic to the State Tax Commission.OSHA Forklift Certification - This is the most popular training, and many of our clients have used their certifications to improve their agriculture jobs, as well as to get jobs in warehouses and factories.
Entrepreneurial - Two clients have completed training on tax law, business plans, record keeping, marketing, etc. and have created their own businesses: 1 housekeeping business, and 1 internet-based portrait business.
How long can someone be in training with this program?
Depending on the training - from 3 weeks or longer