GROUND FLOOR / APPLICATION: This is where your journey begins. The first step while at the ground floor is to send in your interest to be entered in the program, use the apply now page. We will send you a program applicaton and once reviewed and accepted, you will be contacted to establish the plan for your elevator ride. The options will include what floor you want to go to. For example, if you got accepted to the program and wanted to just do the vocational training program you could go straight to the second floor. In the time that you are on the wait-list, you will recieve a catalog of courses you can be thinking about taking for floor two of the program.
FIRST FLOOR / APPRENTICESHIP: If you are interested in hands-on, in-field training that will contribute more to your career in trades, this is the floor for you. The first floor is known as the apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships have been around since the 5th century, the purpose being to train people in a specific trade and setting them up to be successful. Apprenticeships combine in-field training and formal instruction so that participants will be able to apply their experiences when they're in the classroom. Unlike internships, apprenticeships are typically paid. The only requirement is a high school diploma.
SECOND FLOOR / HARD SKILLS: On this floor, The Elevator Project will will pay for a certification course for an approved trade such as (but not limited to) auto-repair, HVAC, Electrical, Nursing, Painting, Plumbing, Construction Management, Property Management, Food and Beverage Management, Retail and Business skills. Community colleges offer a multitude of courses which The Elevator Project will sponsor because we believe that vocational training will ultimately increase the participant's gross income. Our program focuses on providing you with hands-on training coupled with classroom instruction with the goal of provding formal certification for a future full time job-seekers. Most vocational training programs allow participants of the class to work part-time in the field that they're studying which is also an option in The Elevator Project.
THIRD FLOOR / SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Soft Skills are nontechnical skills such as, work ethic and resume writing, which are crucial in trying to communicate effectively in a work environment. Some examples are oral skills, work ethic, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with others. 77% of employers believe that soft skills are just as important as hard skills. Many people do not realize that soft skills are crucial in the workplace. Soft skills such as resume writing and interview skills are very important when applying for a job. Soft skills are just as important as hard skills because it puts the person in the workforce with skills that go beyond a classroom.
Taught by The Elevator Project team, participants will learn some of the most important lessons they will need when applying for jobs and communicating in the workforce. This is a three step process: (i) self-identification via EQ (emotional intelligence) / personality test, (ii) development of interpersonal skills which teaches participants how to work with others in their future workplace, and (iii) other job readiness items such as resume writing and interview training. Our team will teach important skills such as interview skills, resume writing, and other aspects necessary when applying for a job.
FOURTH FLOOR / JOB-PLACEMENT: If you went through levels 1 (apprenticeship) and/or 2 (vocational training) with us, then it may be very easy for us to place you with one of our partnering oraganizations. But even if this is the first floor with The Elevator Project, we recognize that full-time job placement can be a daunting experience, which is why we provide mentors and advisors. At The Elevator Project, our mentors and experienced Members of the Board are readily available to help with writing job resumes and practice interviewing prior to your job interview. We are here to walk you through each step of the way.
ROOF-TOP / MENTORSHIP: If you've reached the rooftop, that means you have a full-time job and have (at a minimum) attained hands-on experience or training with levels two or three from the Elevator Project. It also means you will have achieved a higher income as a result of your participation. On this floor we remind participants that, "it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down." Some ways that you can pay it forward is by coming back to help someone going through the apprentieship program wanting to further learn and understand the same trade you learned. The aforementioned program is called The Mentorship Program. Sending the elevator back down and paying it forward is the basis of this project so it is so important that you do it even if it doesn't include The Elevator Project.
The Mentorship Program is a fantastic way to send the elevator back down after you finish the program. Mentors will get partnered with someone from the Apprenticeship Program who is planning on studying and pursuing a similar career to their mentor. The Mentor will work as someone for the mentoree to turn to for questions and will generally work on the same site where the mentoree can watch, learn, and assist the mentor in his work.
Generally the mentor will remain the mentor for an agreed amount of time. Mentors enjoy benefits such as gaining insight from the mentoree's background that can contribute to the mentor's personal development. The mentor can also gain a friend at the work place and is looked up to by the mentoree. The mentoree gains more than many people understand. They gain experience just from watching the mentor at work. There are so many things to learn that cannot be taught inside the classroom that a mentor can teach the mentoree. The mentoree alike has a friendly ear with which to share their frustrations and successes.
For every step forward you take, lend a hand to pull someone else up to their next step, and that is truly the meaning of a community. A mentor is someone that teaches, coaches, facilitates, and challenges. Not many people realize how much of an influence a mentor can have on a mentoree, it makes all the difference. For more information on The Mentorship Program visit the page under the "Floors" tab.