Team LAUNCH is a WIOA Out-of-School Youth program that helps young adults ages 18-24, who are out of school, figure out what they want to do. We offer access to short term certification and/or work experience, internships or apprenticeships.
The young adults that Team LAUNCH works with have barriers that make gaining meaningful employment challenging. These barriers can be any or a combination of the following: lack of a high school education (needing a GED), low income, subject to the justice system, foster care, parenting, disabilities, etc. Team LAUNCH assists our members to overcome these barriers so they can enter the workforce and be great employees!
Team LAUNCH connects members with area education partners to provide short term certification training in one of the five high demand employment sectors identified by Kentucky (Business and IT, Construction, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, and Transportation and Logistics). Some of the certifications that are included are ServSafe for Managers, Customer Service and Sales, CNA, Phlebotomy, Forklift, Welding, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Team LAUNCH staff are always looking for new and relevant certifications that will enhance our members' resumes.
Work Experience or Internship
A Work Experience either helps members learn what it is like to work in a field they have never worked in before or provides an opportunity to build a member's resume. The employer provides up to 500 hours of work experience for the member and mentors the him/her through their employment. The West KY Workforce Board is the employer of record and pays the member's wages and workman's compensation. Team LAUNCH staff will address employability skills issues as they arise in the work experience. The goal is for the employer to choose to hire the member after the work experience is completed.
An Internship is for members who have worked, but need to learn how to do a particular job. The Team LAUNCH member may have experience in the workforce, but he/she may not know how to perform the duties of a particular job. The Workforce Investment Board will pay up to $5000 of a participant's wages (as well as Worker's Compensation) which will give him/her an opportunity to learn the particular job at no risk for the employer. The hope is that the employer will choose to hire the participant after the internship is completed.
Workshops and Academic Improvement
Team LAUNCH offers monthly workshops to help participants improve their work readiness skills so that they can become leaders in their chosen fields. Some of the workshops will include orientation, financial literacy, employability skills, and others.
Team LAUNCH also strives to encourage our members to improve their academic skills based on the latest TABE Reading and Math scores. Members are required to participate in academic improvement if their initial TABE scores are below a 9th grade level on the assessment. This will help them improve their ability to problem solve and follow through with given goals.
Team LAUNCH's academic partners include, but are not limited to, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Workforce Solutions, Skills U, Area Technical Centers and Community Technical Centers.
Team LAUNCH strives to help young adults find and keep rewarding careers through education and training. We provide the extra support members need in order to fulfill their goals of meaningful careers.