Salvation Army Clients Participate in Skillpoint Alliance Training
Students learn tools of the electrical trade at Skillpoint Alliance
Job Training Provides Foundation for Future in Midland Salvation Army Clients Participate in Skillpoint Alliance Electrical Training
A significant barrier to long-term self-sufficiency for many who seek assistance from The Salvation Army is secure, long-term employment.
The Salvation Army in Midland is partnering with Skillpoint Alliance to provide in-demand workforce training, connecting low-income individuals with career pathways in growing local industries.
Skillpoint Alliance offers free intensive four-week, full-time training courses at Midland College Advanced Technology Center. Several Salvation Army clients participating in the R&R program recently enrolled in the Apprentice Electrical class, one of several available classes.
“R&R” doesn’t stand for “Rest & Relaxation” in this situation, but rather for “Restoration & Rehousing,” said Captain Robert Coriston of The Salvation Army in Midland.
“Our staff counselors meet with R&R clients biweekly, track progress, and review program goals. We provide transportation to and from Skillpoint classes and even pack them a lunch,” Captain Coriston said. “We’re excited to send our folks off to school each morning!”
Electrical workers are needed in the commercial and residential construction industry as well as the energy sector in the growing Permian Basin region.
Electrical graduates can earn an average of $18 per hour in starting wages with lots of room to grow. As they gain experience, they can earn $25-30 per hour – or more – and even own their own businesses.
“The Salvation Army’s dedication to helping the Midland community is inspiring. The work they do aligns with Skillpoint Alliance’s mission to help those who are low-income and under-employed, by providing additional training and resources that will ultimately help them gain financial independence and stability,” said Blair Flanagan, site Director of Skillpoint Alliance Permian Basin.
“We look forward to partnering with The Salvation Army, combining our efforts to help our community members and boost the local economy.” Franky Bravo, a Salvation Army client and Skillpoint Alliance student, said the training gave him the necessary skills to get his “foot in the door” of the electrical field. “Their guarantee to put you at the top of the list for hire as an Electrical Apprentice is fantastic,” he said.
“I was excited to sign up for a better future, ask questions and gain the knowledge I needed. They truly treat each student like family.”