Providing the training and support to prepare you to be the person that companies can’t wait to hire!




Four weeks, paid training… with jobs at the end!

ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers is a program specifically designed for ready, motivated individuals who want to get into entry-level jobs in manufacturing that start them on a path of learning, advancement, raises, and a great career! In this four-week program, students learn both job readiness skills and technical competencies that are desired by the 20+ companies involved.


Program Overview

Accepted students go through a training experience that includes:

  • Four weeks of training
  • Classes online, 9:00-3:00 4 days a week
  • 1 day a week in-person hands-on learning in COVID-safe environment
  • The day before graduation is a designated interview day where all employers interview the students
  • Combination of industry knowledge, technical skills, and career-
    readiness skills
  • Stipend is paid weekly and earned through attendance and completion
    of assignments
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For Students

Who should apply, how to know if it’s right for you

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For Employers

Need great entry-level hires? Maybe this program is a good fit

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Sign up to attend a virtual info session!

Fill out this form, or contact nking@towardsemployment.org (216-219-1155), to sign up to attend a virtual information session. You will learn more about the program, determine if it’s a good fit for you, and take the next steps to apply.

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Student Information


We are currently accepting applications from members of our community who…

  • like to work with their hands, be active, are open to learning new skills, and are motivated to work hard and grow in their job
  • are ready to interview for real jobs with multiple employers
  • want to earn starting wages $13.50/hour PLUS BENEFITS
  • want to prepare for beginning jobs to start a career
  • First jobs could be machine operator, press operator, grinder trainee, assembly, general labor
  • Careers can lead to becoming a machine programmer, welder, robotics, repairing and maintaining machines
  • This program welcomes those who have been involved in the criminal justice system and want a second chance

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Re-entry Program

Our team of teachers and coaches run specific classes for individuals with a background in the criminal justice system. Our employers are excited to hire ACCESS graduates from the re-entry population.

Young-Adult Program Info

We also run the ACCESS program for cohorts of young-adults, aged 18-24. Manufacturing employers are highly engaged and want to hire and engage more young people getting into manufacturing.


Graduates say:

“The teachers were phenomenal, they helped me out with any problems. Thanks for the opportunity! This is a good field to be in, don’t waver from it.”

“I really appreciate that I’m learning a lot and I’m still learning.”

“I’m having a good time, and I appreciate everyone that went on this journey with me.”


Employer Information

The curriculum for ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers was co-designed by a team of 4 manufacturers and is now endorsed by over 20 companies. As this program grows, we will continue to look for manufacturers that provide the jobs, career paths, and culture that will allow the graduating hires to advance and love their new careers in manufacturing.

If you’re a manufacturer that has entry-level hiring opportunities (at or above $13.50/hr) with training and advancement opportunities, and are passionate about learning how to attract, support, and retain underrepresented populations, in particular, re-entry (formerly incarcerated) and young adults....reach out to us to get engaged!

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Learn more about the Manufacturing Sector Partnership

The ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers program is one element of the WorkforceConnect Manufacturing Sector Partnership. Click the button to learn more about the other things we’re doing to engage in-school youth, develop incumbent worker upskilling, redeploy and reskill displaced workers, etc.

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