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 partner with businesses confident our proven training programs and personal coaching prepares new and current employees for career success.

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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 300 people find good jobs last year. 180 had criminal backgrounds.

With a staff of 55, over 100 volunteers, 22 board members, and a budget of $6.1 million, TE serves approximately 2,000 individuals every year.

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City of Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum for Returning Citizens

Click To View Flyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2021 Adaora Schmiedl Towards Employment Director, Development and Marketing 216-696-7310 aschmiedl@towardsemployment.org Ken Brinkman Center for Employment Opportunities Job Developer / Business Account Manager 216-316-6841 kbrickman@ceoworks.org City of Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum for Returning Citizens The Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition and Community Partner Hosting Candidate Forum…

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Bishara Addison Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies

Towards Employment is pleased to announce that Bishara Addison has been appointed by National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to serve on a national Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its “Made in All of America” initiative and related policies. Bishara Addison, along with other leaders…

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CLEVELAND COMMUNITY GROUP HOSTS KICK-OFF EVENT

FOR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD CAREER HOTLINE MidTown Cleveland                                                                    Jeanniece Jackson 5000 Euclid Avenue                                                                    216-391-5080 ext.109 Cleveland, Ohio 44103         …

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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.