San Diego Business Journal

Workforce Partnership Gets $400,000 Grant for Retail Worker Training

By Lou Hirsh Wednesday, September 7, 2016
   

The San Diego Workforce Partnership has been selected to receive a $400,000 grant from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as part of a nationwide effort to increase economic mobility for workers in retail and related sectors.

A statement from the local organization said the funding is part of a $10.9 million grant made to the Chicago-based entity by the Walmart Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arkansas-headquartered Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership funds and provides job training programs to develop work skills for adults and youth. The organization is in the employer recruiting stage as it implements programs from the foundation grant, which can be used only by non-Walmart retailers.

San Diego’s is one of 10 workforce boards nationwide selected to receive the funding. Grant recipients will collectively form and implement new models of career services specific to retail, providing jobs skills training, internship placement, recruiting and related assistance.

Officials said approximately 425 people in San Diego County will benefit from the grant.