Training program opens opportunities for Metro Detroiters with employment barriers

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (August 1, 2021) –As companies began ramping up operations after more than a year of COVID-19 slowdowns, employers ran into trouble finding workers in a shrunken employment force.

Adding to that are ongoing issues for people who would like to work but have disabilities or other employment barriers.

JVS Human Services is available to help. Southfield-based JVS, with four locations throughout Metro Detroit, is committed to helping people realize their life’s potential and live with dignity. It runs a paid janitorial training program, founded nearly 30 years ago, providing hands-on training and practical field work directly related to an actual working environment.

James Willis, JVS vice president of Workforce Development and Rehabilitation, says there are many opportunities available in the field.

“Janitorial work is done in all different settings with a variety of different shifts which has proven to be invaluable to our job seekers,” Willis says. “Full- and part-time janitorial positions are widely available, and we have seen the demand for trained talent greatly increase since the onset of the pandemic. The average starting wage for janitorial positions is around $13.75 per hour with the potential of going up to $18-$20 per hour, some with benefits available.

“In addition,” Willis continues, “we target job sites relevant to our trainees’ interests.”

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