Vocational Training


The Goodwill of Silicon Valley believes in the Power of Employment. Not only has the Goodwill of Silicon Valley provided jobs to thousands of Santa Clara County residents and provided health, housing, and clothing services to the most needy. The GWSV also has created vocational training programs to help people learn the skills to begin careers in  prosperous careers.

Good Guard Security Officer Training Program (4 Weeks)
The Good Guard program begins each month and the program is filled on a "First Come First Served" basis every month.  The Good Guard program takes 28 days to complete and each participant is expected to attend all classroom sessions, plus each participant must complete  "On the Job" training while working as a security officer in Goodwill stores located in Santa Clara County.  Call John Seamen to register at (408) 869-9195.

Auto Detail Vocational Training Program (12 Weeks)
This training program is available only to candidates that receive a referral from the Santa Clara County Office of Re-Entry.    Students undergo 90 days of both classroom training and online coursework, plus "On the Job" training. Students receive top notch training from industry professionals within a professional detailing operation.

Laborers Construction Fundamentals Training Program (16 Weeks)
Students are trained in HAZWOPER (hazardous waste removal, asbestos removal, and lead removal), OSHA, confined space, blueprint reading, traffic control and use of basic building materials.  Career opportunities include: laborer occupations, environmental health and safety firms, lead and asbestos abatement companies, material handling opportunities.

Employment Readiness Program (6 or 12 months)
The Employment Readiness Program is a 6 to 12 month paid work experience program that is designed to provide program participants an opportunity to gain retail work experience.  In addition, to the paid work experience, each ERP participant receives job placement services and free access to workshops that foster personal professional development.  Workshops in communication skills, computer skills, resume writing and interviewing skills.

Program Requirements

A) Must have ability to communicate clearly in English, have basic math skills, and a desire to work in the trades. May be required to lift 70 lbs. and climb ladders, and should not be sensitive or allergic to fumes and chemical solutions. Must be drug and alcohol free! Students must maintain a 90% attendance level.
B) Vocational training programs are open to students regardless of whether they have graduated from high school, and regardless of their eligibility for funding.

For more information on all vocational training programs , please contact the Goodwill of Silicon Valley at (408) 998-5774