How do I get the skills I need for the job I want?
If you know the kind of job you want, you’ve taken the first step—a very IMPORTANT one by the way! Now it’s time to find where you can get trained for the job you want. Adult school, vocational school, or an apprenticeship could all be the right choice. Explore them!
- State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Apprenticeship Program
The DIR website enables us to search for available apprenticeship programs by occupation and counties within the State of California.
Apprenticeships provide job seekers paid, workplace experiences to develop skills that employers value. Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and long-term careers.
- Cal Apprenticeships
An apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team. Learn more about various types of apprenticeship career paths on this site.
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education
VACE (including the Technology Development Center) has flexible scheduling and course times that will work with your job or other commitments.
Oxnard Adult School
Oxnard has several programs to get you started in basic education, life-long learning and parent education.
Simi Institute for Careers & Education
Simi Institute has 130 occupational training programs and classes ranging in fields from computer technology to cosmetology.
Conejo Valley Adult School
Conejo offers certification and training programs, including computer classes and medical programs.
Fillmore Adult School
Fillmore Adult School has three locations to serve you. Enroll anytime, classes in computer literacy, job skills, ESL and more.
Ojai Adult Continuing Education
Ojai Unified School District’s Adult Education courses are designed to support and promote the personal and professional development of the adults in the community.
Santa Paula Adult Education
Santa Paula Adult Education is located at Renaissance High School. Courses include computer skills, GED, ESL, citizenship and more.
Explore the Trades
Skilled tradespeople are in demand. Plumbers, HVAC technicians and electricians are in position to take advantage of great opportunities now and in the years to come.
Growing Skilled Trade Opportunities
Skilled trades jobs are expected to increase faster than the national average of all jobs, which is 11 percent, over the next 10 years. Think about a job or career in the trades.
Explore Trade Schools
Explore a hub for locating nearby schools and colleges, while researching specific details about the trades you're considering. Locate specific trades, industry details and the locations nearest to you, all in one convenient platform.
There are many career opportunities to be discovered through post-secondary vocational training. Click on the link to learn more about these careers and their educational requirements.
Exploring Vocational Programs
Become part of a highly trained, educated, & skilled workforce. Click on the link to learn more about vocational careers and their educational requirements.
- America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) OJT Programs
OJT employers use their own system to teach their employees the new skills necessary for successful permanent employment within their companies. Contact an AJCC in Ventura County to see if you qualify for a subsidized OJT job placement opportunity.