Increasing access to permanent fulltime jobs through training and job placement.
Invest Atlanta helped launch Westside Works in 2014 with $300,000 in equipment support, along with funding from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, to deliver job training and placement services to Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill residents. The outcomes have been impressive: 79% of the 436 participants have been placed in jobs paying $12.44 an hour on average and have earned $7.9 million in total wages. For the construction program alone, 93% of participants have secured fulltime employment. Westside Works consists of job training programs run by New Horizon, Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, Per Scholas, Integrity Transformation CDC, Levy Restaurants and Literacy Action.
Quest Resource Center
Westside Works is now located in a new facility developed by Vine City’s Quest community Development Organization. Quest received $3.5 million from Invest Atlanta to assist in funding the 19,000 square foot facility, which opened in September 2016. Ongoing Westside Works training programs include construction, certified nursing, education, automotive repair, culinary arts, information technology and office operations.