The Education & Training Branch provides workforce development and job training opportunities for adults seeking to secure professional employment with access to a living wage, employment benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Its job training programs help unemployed and underemployed adults gain professional skills that prepare trainees for careers in high-demand industries.
For almost 40 years, the Branches signature adult job training program, Training, Inc., has been among Greater Boston’s most successful workforce development programs, enabling people in poverty to move into thriving self-sufficiency through professional skills training and employment. Founded in 1984, Elsa Bengel brought the YMCA Training, Inc. model from Chicago and Indianapolis to Boston, where the program has been part of the YMCA of Greater Boston ever since.
- $103.5 million earned by graduates last year
- $25.8 million in taxes paid by graduates last year
- $1.2 million was saved in just the past two years in public assistance and unemployment payments as recipients gained new employment
- YMCA Training, Inc. graduates’ monthly income nearly triples with their first job after training
- 4,750 graduates
- 120+ companies hired a YMCA Training, Inc. graduate in the past 2 years
- 80% job placement rate
- 86% of graduates retain their job for more than 1 year
Training, Inc: Intensive Job Skills Training Program
YMCA Training, Inc. provides job skills training and employment assistance in close collaboration with the business community. Our program is an intensive computerized office skills training and employment program, designed to replicate the expectations of a professional office environment. Training, Inc. provides intensive, hands-on, innovative technical training in a simulated business environment and engage lasting, deep commitment of major employers in Greater Boston.
Training, Inc Summer Academy
The Training, Inc. Summer Academy is a series of job training courses designed for adult learners that are looking to develop their job skills, career, and economic mobility. The Training, Inc. Summer Academy is designed for participants to be able to take one or more courses being offered throughout the summer. The Summer Academy will culminate with a Training, Inc. Career Fair for employer partners and Academy participants to network and develop career connections.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please call (617) 542-1800 or complete the form below.
Artes Culinarias: Culinary Arts Job Training Program
The Education & Training Branch partners with the New England Culinary Arts Training (NECAT) and the East Boston YMCA Branch to deliver a dual language job training program in the culinary arts. This 12-week integrated education and training program provides contextualized English instruction and job training in both Spanish and English. The program combines English instruction and literacy activities with workforce preparation activities, workforce training, employment supports, and industry recognized credentialing.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please call (617) 542-1800 or complete the form below and someone will contact you.