SA: Ready to Work is a workforce development program funded by a 1/8-cent sales and use tax collected through December 2025. 77% of San Antonio residents voted for the initiative. The City will fund partners to perform services such as community outreach and marketing, employer engagement, intake and assessment, case management, and job placement for over 28,000 residents over six years. No national workforce initiative has been implemented on such a large scale.
The $200 million program offers unemployed, underemployed and under-represented residents the following benefits:
- Tuition for industry-recognized certifications, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees aligned with targeted occupations in high-demand, well-paid careers;
- Wraparound support services and emergency assistance to ensure training completion; and
- Job placement and retention services.
The qualifications for the program are:
- At least 18 years old;
- Permitted to work in the United States;
- Resident of San Antonio;
- Not currently enrolled in college courses;
- Willing to take assessments related to workforce readiness; and
- Household income may not exceed 250% of federal poverty guidelines, which are periodically updated
Residents can easily enroll through any of the following three options:
- Online: Visit readytoworksa.com.
- Phone: Call 3-1-1 and ask for Ready to Work.
- In Person: Visit Alamo Colleges District, Project Quest, Restore Education or Workforce Solutions Alamo.
Employers can sign up to take the Ready to Work Employer Pledge, to participate and provide the resources and information to help our residents gain the skills and jobs that will provide them economic mobility.
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