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Job Training Opportunities

Second Glance Sales Associate Program Description (CLOSED)
The job-training program is open to applicants of limited income or opportunity and provides participants with training in retail sales and the opportunity to further their education. The program is six months long and consists of:

  • A minimum of 10 hours a week of paid training in retail sales at Second Glance;
  • A minimum of 5 hours a week of unpaid volunteer work at Second Glance;
  • Pursuit of an approved educational opportunity, which will be paid for as part of the program; and
  • Paid time for class work and study — up to a maximum of 5 hours a week during the weeks that class is in session. In weeks during which class is not in session, paid time for applying course-related skills to projects for Second Glance or The Open Door, as such opportunities may be available and up to a maximum of 5 hours a week.

The educational opportunities eligible for approval include: 1) a course to prepare for a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) and taking the GED exam; 2) a course related to an application within the Microsoft Office Suite; 3) a course in accounting software, such as QuickBooks; 4) a course in newsletter or Web publishing, or
5) a college-level course in basic English or mathematics. Other educational opportunities may be approved on a case-by-case basis. The program is tailored to address the needs of each trainee and a specific plan will be developed once accepted into the program.

Job-training program employment is considered temporary (not to exceed six months,) and does not provide participants with paid holidays, vacation days, or sick/personal days.

Entrance Requirements

All candidates for the Second Glance job-training program must complete the following prior to being considered:

  • Perform volunteer service at Second Glance for a minimum of 6 hours per week
    (unless additional hours are required by an outside agency – e.g. DTA) for at least two consecutive weeks.
  • Complete this application and submit it to the store manager.
  • Provide 2 letters of reference, one of which must be from a referring agency such as the Gloucester Housing Authority, Wellspring, or Action, Inc. Neither reference may be from a relative.
  • Provide a one-page letter to the Program Manager with the following:
    • Why the candidate is interested in the program; and
    • What the candidate hopes to gain; and
    • What educational opportunity the candidate would like to pursue and why the candidate would like to pursue it,
    After successful completion of the entrance requirements or at the store manager’s discretion, the candidate will be invited to an interview to determine acceptance into the program.

Youth Job-Training
The Open Door provides volunteer training opportunities to youth referred by the courts, schools, churches, or from other sources within the community. Youth up to age 18 are able to fulfill their community service requirements by assisting one of the following programs: community meals, food pantry, mobile market, summer meals program, or the thrift store. Each program provides job training to youth and helps to prepare them for the workforce. Staff has been used as employment references for positions at nursing homes and summer camps, and this volunteer experience has increased youths’ skills and marketability.

Partners in Training:

Community Enterprise: The Supported Employment uses placements in our programs to help consumers obtain and maintain jobs in the community. Through training and ongoing supports, people with disabilities are able to gain the economic and social benefits of work in a wide variety of situations. Specialized employment supports are provided to people with psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities, hearing impairments, physical disabilities including blindness, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse issues. We provide a job site to 5 to 10 people annually.

F1rstJobs: The F1RSTJOBS initiative promotes summer employment for North Shore teens 14 to 19. The Open Door has hired four teens in the past two years through this program.

STEP Program: Gloucester High School teens with special needs are placed in our programs to work with a job coach. We provide placement for 6 to 8 teens annually.

YMCA Teen Leaders: Teen leaders are trained at our sites with food service skills as part of their project curriculum. We host 12 to 20 teens annually.

The Food Project—North Shore: We provide youth from all parts of the North Shore with an opportunity to work at our sites throughout the year. We host 12 to 16 youth through this program each year.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Low-income job seekers over age 55 are in a very vulnerable situation.  In many cases a lack of job skills combined with advancing years leaves job seekers with a feeling of powerlessness and further plunges them into financial chaos and weakened self esteem.  The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to help job seekers over age 55 get the training they need in order to get back to work. The programs of The Open Door serve as a training site for these seniors.

Essex County District Attorney’s Office: Non-violent offenders are able to fulfill their community service requirements by assisting one of the following programs: community meals, food pantry, mobile market, summer meals program, or the thrift store. Each program provides basic job training skills and helps to prepare participants for the workforce. Our programs host 50 to 100 participants annually.

Public and Private Schools: Youth up to age 18 are able to fulfill their community service requirements by assisting one of the following programs: community meals, food pantry, mobile market, summer meals program, or the thrift store. Each program provides job training to youth and helps to prepare them for the workforce. Staff has been used as employment references for positions at nursing homes and summer camps, and this volunteer experience has increased youths’ skills and marketability. We host 200-300 youth annually.