Advance Lexington is our staffing services that provides paid employment for job seekers. We partner with local companies, including Old World Timber, Craftsmen Contractors, J&R Contruction, Greenhome Solutions, Community Ventures and Lynn Imaging, to employ graduates of our Jobs for Life classes on a temporary basis. Graduates of Jubliee Jobs, one of our program partners, may also be eligible to enroll. While trainees are working for Advance Lexington, they receive on-the-job coaching and support from our staff to ensure they keep their work assignment and earn positive work references. We also assist them in finding permanent employment.
In 2016, 91 people graduated from our Jobs for Life program, including 60 who were incarcerated in Fayette and Woodford County detention centers. Last year, Advance Lexington employed 23 trainees in 68 assignments for 5,117 hours, with a total gross pay of $43,433 and an average hourly rate of $9.02. In addition to these clients, we placed 12 clients directly in permanent jobs last year. Altogether, 21 clients found permanent employment with the help of Advance Lexington in 2016.
For more information about Advance Lexington, please contact Angie Dennis.