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Connecting people to careers

PROUDLY SERVING NORTHEAST OHIO SINCE 1976

A national leader in workforce development

We are a proven leader in workforce development that connects people to careers, which changes people’s lives, advances businesses, and strengthens community in Northeast Ohio.
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Job Seekers

We actively address the need local business has for a qualified, trained and motivated workforce.

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Employers

We are a leading community-based workforce organization in Northeast Ohio with extensive expertise and reliable partnerships.

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Community

Our enterprises reflect 40 years of experience in successfully helping people gain the tools they need to find a job, navigate life's obstacles, and secure a path towards a long-term career.

We helped 612 people find good jobs last year. 420 had criminal backgrounds.

With a staff of 55, over 80 volunteers, 22 board members, and a budget of $5.61 million, TE serves approximately 2,000 individuals every year.

Featured Content

TE 2019 Benefit

STATEMENT: BLOOM BAKERY CLOSING THIS WEEK

Bloom Bakery, a social venture of Towards
Employment, will close its retail locations (in Campus District and Public
Square) at 4PM on Wednesday November 6. 
Wholesale and catering business will wrap up Friday, November 8, 2019.

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PRESS RELEASE: TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT CELEBRATES $3M DOL AWARD AND THE PROMINENCE CLE BROWNS BRING TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

September 12, 2019 – CLEVELAND – Towards Employment will celebrate 43 years of workforce development in Cleveland on Friday September 20 at its Annual Gala at the Westin Cleveland Downtown.  The theme this year is Get in the Game and two celebratory announcements will show CLE is in the game as it relates to workforce and…

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Achieve Solutions Achieves Results

By Grace Heffernan Towards Employment is in the business of connecting employers to the talent they need and jobseekers to career pathways with family sustaining wages.  Practically speaking that means we: Help people gain the tools they need to find a job, navigate life’s obstacles, and secure a path toward a long-term career Partner with business…

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Over 300 Employers Hired TE Graduates

Our employer partners represent a diverse business landscape: small shops, large health care systems, local manufacturers and innovative entrepreneurial businesses.

Towards Employment Impact

“Towards Employment gives you doors to walk through but you have to take the first step.”

Leonard went to prison for a year at the age of 19 and then spent the next 10 years working odd jobs until another conviction at age 31 led to a six-year sentence gave him the determination to turn his life around. After his release, he struggled to find a decent job. He eventually enrolled in TE’s program for individuals with criminal records.

“Towards Employment is no-nonsense preparation for the workplace.”

Kathy needed a fresh start after being her mother’s full-time caretaker until her death from cancer but she faced the challenge of finding a job at age 57 – ten years out of the workplace with no experience with online job searches and applications.

“Even with a criminal record, I began to believe that I had a shot, that I could land a career position, not just any job.”

The routes may vary, but the end result is the same: moving from poverty to a paycheck and from a paycheck to a career. After graduating from TE’s job readiness program for people with a criminal record, Daniel found a job earning $8.25/hour.