‘Skillup® Yates’ offers free training for career growth


A partnership between Yates County Workforce Development and four of the area’s leading manufacturers has resulted in one of the most significant opportunities for the people of the entire county.

Working with Yates County, the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center and Finger Lakes Works, Workforce’s Employment & Training Supervisor Joseph Davis brokered a deal with Coach and Equipment, Ferro, KanPak, and Silgan Plastics to purchase an unlimited license from Metrix Learning® for their online learning management system that helps jobseekers upgrade their skills and gain certifications to secure employment.

Metrix has been used by Workforce in the past, but with individual licences for each client. This $6,000 community license for all Yates County residents is an experimental trial for Metrix. It allows free, unlimited, online training in over 5,000 individual courses and 10 industry career “Pathways,” pre-mapped with skills, courses, and re mediation, leading to over 200 occupations. Yates County was chosen because of its size and the close connections between local agencies and industries here.

Designed for job-seekers, workers who want to increase their skills to earn more money, people seeking to change careers, or those who want to update their computer skills to the newest and most common programs, Skillup® Yates represents a new and tremendous opportunity for all. The license period ends in November.

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