St. Vincent de Paul Des Moines will develop a four-step curriculum to prepare and align people seeking employment in the trades with entry-level employment to employers who can provide access to pre-apprentice, apprentice and journey career pathways.

Holly Dommer, Back2Work Coordinator, can be contacted at | (515) 282-8327


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Step 1: Candidate Recruitment (aligned with employer expectations and needs) and Employment Pre-Screen

Step 2: Introduction – Employment Training (2 weeks)

  • Understanding employment requirements and expectations
  • Job Shadow/Career Pathway Research
  • Completion of employment applications/Formal hiring processes completed

Step 3: Employment, On-the-job Training (OJT), SVDPDM Classroom Training, Mentoring (6 months)

  • With the employers as they would for any new hire
  • On-the-job training mode for a minimum of six months
  • During the OJT, there will be scheduled workshops with SVDPDM to provide on-going learning of relevant soft-skills, overcoming workplace challenges and addressing retention issues

Step 4: On-going Support from SVdPDSM (Up to an additional 18 months)

  • Candidates will work with SVdPDSM to be connected to and enroll in additional trainings to build

skills to progress on their career pathways. These courses may include: HiSET, Basic Math, ESL, etc. (Classes that are needed to progress on a higher-level career pathway but have a longer trajectory for learning.)

Photos taken by Brittany Freeman