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OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need
OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A new Metro Atlanta alliance could possibly put several Georgians back to work before the end of the year.

On Sept. 26, representatives from MUST Ministries and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration signed an agreement to launch a new training program for out-of-work residents of Cherokee and Cobb counties. This is only the second such partnership that OSHA's Atlanta-West Area office has entered.

This alliance will create a 10-hour general workplace safety course related to seasonal jobs, including warehouse work and stocking. The course will be held Oct. 24-26; OSHA and Must Ministries plan to launch a similar course in February to focus on summertime construction jobs.

The goal of these courses is to provide the unemployed with access to training resources, according to OSHA area director Andre Richards. These resources include health and safety training, as well as soft skills like résumé writing, job expectations and goal setting.

Classes will be taught by representatives from local businesses, said Beth Ray, MUST Ministries' education and employment manager for Cobb County. Participating businesses include C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. and Ready Mix USA.

At the end of their training, participants will receive a 10-hour safety card to present to prospective employers.

Richards said workers from low and moderate income families are hard to reach, so the partnership with MUST Ministries was essential, as the charity has helped about 1,100 people get back to work since 2008.

The new OSHA-MUST training program will accept 15 students in each class. All graduates will be tracked for six months to measure sustainability and training effectiveness.

Anyone interested in this free course should contact MUST Ministries to fill out an application and complete a Georgia Work Ready online test at www.gaworkready.org.