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Training Related Questions

Why are there non-agriculture training options for Farmworkers?
We are funded through the US Department of Labor, and the priority is to ensure that our workforce has year-round, permanent employment. In Utah, livestock and dairy production tend to be year round, but most crop production is seasonal. Our farmworkers need training to make sure they can do other jobs during the winter. Most commonly, our clients that get jobs outside of agriculture work a permanent job year round, and also work in agriculture during the season.
 
Are there trainings that are required for all clients?
Yes:
  • WPS Pesticide Safety Training
  • Food Handler's Permit or CPR Certification
  • Basic Computer Training
  • English Tutoring (If not a fluent English speaker)
  • Job Search Skills Training
 
What other kinds of training are available?
It depends on the desires of the client, the job market for his/her "dream job." Some examples of training we have helped with include:
 
Computer Training - one client learned basic computer skills and then went on to get more training on making spreadsheets. Now, he uses spreadsheets to track other farmworkers' hours, crop production, and other things for the farm.
Another continued to learn more computer skills and now works in a medical clinic.
 
Commercial Drivers License - Many clients have completed CDL training. One uses his for work on a dairy, another works as a long-haul truck driver, and another got a job as a bus driver for a Migrant Head Start.
 
Office Work Experience - Several clients have done unpaid internships in FTT and other non-profit offices. Some of our clients have gotten office jobs at places ranging from a Migrant Clinic to the State Tax Commission.OSHA Forklift Certification - This is the most popular training, and many of our clients have used their certifications to improve their agriculture jobs, as well as to get jobs in warehouses and factories.
 
Entrepreneurial - Two clients have completed training on tax law, business plans, record keeping, marketing, etc. and have created their own businesses: 1 housekeeping business, and 1 internet-based portrait business.
 
How long can someone be in training with this program?
Depending on the training - anywhere from 3 weeks to 9 month
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Utah Farmworker Program NFJP Funding Statement

The Utah Farmworker Program is funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Futures Through Training, Inc. (FTT) is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY English 1-800-346-4128 • TTY Spanish 1-888-346-3162

Pesticide Outreach Program Funding Statement

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 The Pesticide Outreach Program is funded through the Utah Labor Commission’s Workplace Safety Program. 

HOT Program Funding Statement

The HOT Program is fully funded through the US Department of Labors' Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Susan B. Harwood Grants Program.

This and all HOT Program materials were produced under grant number SH-27626-SH5 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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