Company Offers Free Counseling, Funding for Unemployed

Everblue Training Institute, provider of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and courses, has begun a coordinated effort to assist the unemployed in exploring new job options.

The company has established a streamlined process, in addition to providing a dedicated coordinator, to help the unemployed become leading forces in the green economy. Through the program, unemployed workers can find local unemployment counseling resources and receive help in filling out government grant paperwork to get their training paid for.

Cadi Saunders, program manager, said: "Our services enable qualified individuals to take advantage of opportunities which shouldn't be missed just because they are in circumstances beyond their control."

The company's training courses provide networking opportunities for the unemployed. Trainees are advised to bring their business cards and handle the course as if it is an industry networking event. Among the participants in the courses are developers, investors, building owners, small business owners, and vice presidents from national corporations. Any one of the m could be potential employers for unemployed attendees.

"Candidates are advised on how to market themselves with their new credential as well as how to let prospective employers understand what LEED Certification means," added Saunders. "Once they are onboard, candidates can put their LEED Green Associate credential, for example, on their business cards, resumes, and e-mail signature blocks."

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED has become the most distinguished and accepted environmental design and green building certification. Everblue offers the LEED exam for several certification courses, including Solar Professional and Energy Auditor Certifications.

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