Job Training Program
The job training program at Second Chance Inc. emphasizes skill development and enhancement. Three skills sets that are key to developing and maintaining a strong workforce receive specialized attention – life skills, safety skills and technical (OJT) skills.
Consistent with its values, Second Chance provides lifestyle, values, and skills training to individuals who are looking for a "second chance" in life.
Thanks to our partnership with Springboard Training, 40 hours of life skill instruction are now incorporated into the Workforce Development training program. These seminars are designed to promote appropriate attitudes and effective behavior in any job situation or market, as well as throughout a person's personal life. Soft Skill training areas include:
- effective communication
- work ethic
- financial literacy
- stress management
- conflict resolution
- time management
"As I ride down the streets now, I find myself looking at doors, the way the windows are built, the frames; stuff I used to never even notice. It’s like I have a new direction in a new life. I feel like I’m part of something bigger.” -Durrell Majette, Second Chance Supervisor and Training Program Graduate
Because our trainees, customers, donors and employees deserve nothing less, safety is at the center of all Second Chance operations. To perpetuate this culture of safety, the unparalleled services of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Association) are enlisted. Representatives provide trainees the industry-coveted OSHA 10 Certification, along with Lead & Asbestos Recognition and Safe Removal training. Beyond this, trainees participate in an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Course in AED, CPR and first aid.
Beyond the general safety and health instruction provided in standardized classes, Second Chance provides specialized training based on case studies formed during past work. This series of lessons is taught by those who learned them—primarily by SCI's senior employees, supervisors, and field managers. In this way, valuable knowledge gained through years of hands-on experience is retained in the collective conscious of our organization.
After Boot Camp—a rigorous 2-week evaluation and qualifying period— trainees proceed with hands-on instruction in the proper use of numerous types of power tools, hand tools and equipment.
This phase of the program runs for 16 weeks, during which students receive first-hand experience in:
- recognizing material types, values, and sizes, and how to safely deconstruct structures and objects built from a variety of materials;
- becoming competent in the safe and effective use of all manual and power tools;
- achieving a thorough understanding of maximizing the value and performance of tools as a means of increasing the tools' efficiency and longevity; and
- becoming knowledgeable in OSHA-based safety and health training for all field employees.
The program is punctuated with a series of strategic 4-hour modules. These seminars include:
- Sustainability Orientation – Trainees gain a clear understanding of the meaning of sustainability, as well as how to apply sustainability practices to their own lives.
- LEED Orientation – The LEED Rating system measures the environmental soundness of a building by evaluating the design and construction practices that brought it into existence. Each trainee is introduced to the entire system with an emphasis on the value of recycling demolition waste, material reuse, regional materials, and recycling building material.
- Second Chance Values – The trainee is formally introduced to the values, mission and culture of Second Chance as a genuine triple-bottom-line organization.
Course Completion (Got 'R Done!)
A series of objective and subjective evaluations determine whether trainees meet the goals of each module. The vast majority do so brilliantly. Then, the successful candidate celebrates with Second Chance and graduates with a Baltimore City Mayor’s "Certificate of Completion."
Upon completion of the program, qualified trainees receive additional, specialized training in lead abatement and other hazardous materials removal and handling, as well as forklift operation.
Those motivated to advance further can then go on to receive certificates in carpentry, restoration, manufacturing, plumbing, electrical and masonry.
Those advancing to Phase 2 enjoy the additional benefits of:
- Green Advantage Environmental Certification,
- Advanced Safety Training (OSHA 30), and
- vocation-specific instruction in welding, soldering, brazing, framing, and PVC and sheet metal work.
All in all, the Second Chance job training program is rigorous yet reasonable, ever mindful of our dignified responsibilities to our participants, patrons and planet. To be considered for the program, please visit our Employment Opportunities page.