Goodwill believes that paid, productive work is integral to the positive self-esteem of individuals and to the success of the communities in which those individuals live.

Job Placement Services

Goodwill Career Solutions provides job search and direct job placement services. Career Solutions centers host monthly job fairs and hiring events across Middle and West Tennessee. Job fair info is updated every second week of the month on our job fairs page.

Contact Career Solutions

1(800)545-9231 or visit your local Career Solutions

Training & Certification Programs

Training Programs

Want to learn how to use the computer? Career Solutions offers three computer classes for those who want to learn basic skills and those who already know how to use a computer but want more advanced skills.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has kicked off a free training program with Google and Coursera, a leading online education provider, to help learners acquire the skills they need to start a career in information technology. With cutting-edge courses, hands-on labs and more, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate is designed to take beginning learners to job readiness in eight to 12 months.


REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Not having a degree greater than an associates degree
  • Demonstrate an interest in IT as a career
  • Having English speaking language and numeracy skills
  • Ability to commit to a 8-12 course of study (8-10 hours per week)

BENEFITS

  • Free
  • IT Certificate
  • Online Instruction
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Support (online and in-person)
  • Job Placement Assistance

CONTACT: Email or call 1-800-545-5231 for more information!

The two-day Microsoft Office Intro class is an introduction into the Microsoft Office suite. This course gives the student a brief overview and working knowledge of PowerPoint, Word and Excel in order to prepare them for the business world. Clients will work on a small project during class, allowing hands-on practice. Clients are enrolled and shown how to use Microsoft IT Academy, which allows for continued learning after course completion.


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Microsoft Word (3 hours)
  • Microsoft Excel (3 hours)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (2 hours)

BENEFITS

  • Introduction to 3 Microsoft Office Programs
  • Instructor-led
  • Hands-on training

CONTACT: Email or call 1-800-545-9231 for more information!

Basic Computer Skills is an instructor-led, hands-on curriculum, designed to prepare clients for success during the job search. The 3 classes include: Computer Basics (2 hours), Online Job Search (2 hours), Résumé Writing (2 hours)


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

Computer Basics
(Clients who attain a passing score on the Digital Literacy Assessment during the “Intake” process are not required to attend this class.)

  • World Wide Web
  • Microsoft Windows features
  • Copy and paste functions
  • Internet usage
  • Basic email
  • Safety

Online Job Search

  • Searching and applying for jobs online. 
  • Pre-Employment Personality Profiles
  • Uploading, and copying and pasting a resume into an online job application

Basic Resume Writing

  • Basic resume writing
  • Resume revision
  • Digital uploading a resume

BENEFITS

  • Basic computer skills
  • Introduction to online job applications, navigating the internet, and job sites
  • Assistance creating a professional resume

CONTACT: Email or call 1-800-545-9231 for more information!

Occupational Skills Classes

Career Solutions offers specific occupational skills classes, all in Nashville, that are geared toward giving participants quality training and qualifications in a specific field. Upon completion, participants will have the skills for entry-level jobs in their respective course of study.

Career Solutions offers a call center training program that is a 4 week course teaching participants how to manage and respond to incoming phone calls from customers. This program provides the opportunity to obtain the necessary knowledge and experience needed to flourish in a call center environment. The call center training program is designed for entry-level workers interested in customer service positions at call centers in an office environment.


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Professional customer service skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • How to resolve issues in a courteous and timely manner
  • Importance of compliance with a schedule
  • Data entry

BENEFITS

  • Free of charge
  • Paid hands-on experience
  • MSI Call Center Certification
  • Letter of referral
  • Graduate certificate
  • Job search support and referrals

SCHEDULE

  • Available only in Nashville
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-2p.m
  • Students are to be able to work any of these hours as scheduled for training
  • Due to the accelerated nature of the program, tardiness no absences will be permitted.

CONTACT:  Jamie Dowling  |  615-346-1636  | jamie.dowling@givegw.org

Career Solutions offers a nationally certified construction training program providing classroom and hands-on training to those interested in a construction career. This six-week National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified course, covers eight basic areas: safety, construction math, hand and power tools, blueprints, rigging, communication and employability skills. Upon completion, participants receive NCCER certification.


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Construction basics
  • Safety on the job
  • Hand and power tools
  • Rigging, blueprints and more

BENEFITS

  • Free of charge
  • NCCER-certified trainer
  • NCCER certification
  • Assistance with job placement
  • $100 weekly stipend
  • Felon-friendly occupation
  • Hands on experience

SCHEDULE

  • Available only in Nashville
  • Accept new students every Mon.
  • Six weeks class length
  • Classes: Mon-Fri. 8:30am – 3pm
  • Hands on experience

CONTACT Tim Kahn  |  615-815-5017  |  tim.kahn@givegw.org

Career Solutions offers a custodial program, which is four- week class and includes both classroom and hands-on training. The program is designed for front-line custodians and teaches basic and advanced skills in all areas of commercial building cleaning.


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Newest custodial technologies and procedures: above the floor, hard floor, carpeted floor, safety, and restrooms
  • Operation of cleaning equipment
  • Basic to advanced skills in commercial cleaning

BENEFITS

  • Free of charge
  • Training manuals included
  • Job ready upon graduation
  • Goodwill certificate of completion
  • Letter of referral
  • Paid, hands-on experience
  • Graduation certificate

SCHEDULE

  • Available only in Nashville
  • Classes Mon-Fri, 7am-1:30pm

CONTACT Rick Hamlett  |  615-346-1212  |  rick.hamlett@givegw.org

Career Solutions offers a half-day forklift program that includes classroom instructor-led training and hands-on training using a forklift. This program is designed for participants interested in forklift operator positions in warehousing and manufacturing industries. Upon completion, clients will receive a certification of completion valid for three years. Some fees may apply for this program; contact us for more information.


PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Forklift parts
  • Operation 
  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Refueling & Recharging

BENEFITS

  • Instructor-led training
  • Hands-on training on forklift
  • Job ready upon completion
  • Certificate of completion

SCHEDULE

  • Classes are offered weekly in Nashville on Fridays
  • MUST pre-register to attend

CONTACT: Email or call 1-800-545-9231 for more information!

Goodwill offers a three-day, FREE hospitality training program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the hotel and restaurant industries. This training program offers two nationally recognized certifications from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Computer Skills
  • Resume Building
  • Workplace Communication

 

BENEFITS

  • Free Of Charge
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Interviewing & Communication Skills
  • Hands-On Learning Environment
  • AHLEI Guest Room Attendant Certification
  • AHLEIRestaurant Server Certification

SCHEDULE

  • 3 Day Class (Every 1st and 3rd Tues., Wed., and Thurs. of the month).
  • Classes are conducted in Nashville
  • Students may now also have an optional 2-day job shadowing experience at a local hotel

CONTACT: Email or call 1-800-545-5231 for more information!

Youth Programs

Summer Work Program

Helps youth ages 16-22, who are still in high school and who may have a disability or face other obstacles, to engage in part-time, paid work training for up to six weeks each summer. The Summer Work Program is offered in Davidson County only. Individuals from surrounding counties that can come to Davidson County are welcomed to apply.

Youth Building Goodwill

Youth Building Goodwill is a free job readiness program designed to not only prepare young adults (ages 17-25) to meet current employment needs, but to also equip them for future employment with relevant job skills and values employers seek. A high school diploma is not required.

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Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. is authorized for operation as a post secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc., please visit http://tn.gov/thec/topic/authorized-institutions-data and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button with a link to http://tn.gov/thec/topic/authorized-institutions-data embedded in the name “Tennessee Higher Education Commission.”

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