Social Finance is collaborating with the San Antonio Workforce Development Office to launch San Antonio Pay It Forward, a new job placement pilot program helping San Antonians access pathways to full-time, quality employment.
Under this program, the City of San Antonio matches participants with positions at sponsoring employers and covers their wages during a six-week internship or working interview. All interns are graduates of the City’s Ready to Work program, a $180M initiative providing low- and no-cost training to more than 15,000 residents.
- Increase access to quality jobs. Ready to Work participants often face systemic barriers to attaining employment (like limited access to post-secondary education, lack of experience, or justice involvement). This program creates a supported pathway into quality jobs for participants while minimizing risks for sponsoring employers.
- Improve job retention. Participants in this pilot program will receive wages of $17-20 per hour and access case managers and supportive services. Collectively, these supports will help individuals stabilize and thrive in the workplace.
- Support economic mobility. We anticipate that these jobs will increase wages for participants in the near and long term and prepare participants to secure future jobs in their desired fields.
How it Works
Workforce development partnerships such as this are key. We don’t work in silos. We work in collaboration with various partners, employers, training providers and others who bring Ready to Work to life. This is a shining example of what can be done when opportunity meets preparation.
Executive Director of the City of San Antonio’s Workforce Development Office
Recruiting, hiring, and retaining top energy industry talent is key to providing reliable service within our communities. Our team is excited to collaborate with the WDO to find local San Antonio talent with the skills and ambition needed to serve our customers.
Managing Principal of Strategic Talent and Executive Acquisition at CPS Energy
San Antonio is home for USAA. In addition to amplifying the hiring of veterans and military spouses, we are looking at emerging pathways to supporting the upskill/reskill of the IT workforce by adding experiential learning through Ready to Work.
Chief Human Resources Officer at USAA
- The San Antonio Workforce Development Office is overseeing the program.
- Social Finance is co-designing the pilot, recruiting and contracting employers, and managing the day-to-day program.
- The City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, Credit Human, and USAA are participating employers.
- Tri-starr Talent is providing payroll services.
Resources for Participants and Employers
- San Antonio Launches Pay It Forward, an On-the-Job Training Program to Support Workers and Local Businesses, Social Finance
- To Help Its Graduates Get Hired, Ready to Work Will Front the Cost of Internships for Employers, San Antonio Report
- A City Workforce Program That Pays for Itself, Barrett & Greene
San Antonio Pay It Forward takes a “pay it forward” approach to on-the-job training and work-based learning. Learn about Pay It Forward Funds, a related model for place-based workforce development and economic mobility.