Paid Training in Woodworking & Manufacturing

For individuals experiencing barriers, Next Step’s training programs provide a supportive community, opportunities to sharpen life skills, training and practice in technical skills, and opportunities for job placement in woodworking, manufacturing, and construction industries. During the experience, participants will build friendships and a sense of community, attend half-day training sessions, enjoy lunch together, go on field trips to local employers, and make furniture to keep.

Once you graduate you will have a pathway to begin a new career and get more on-the-job training as a woodworker, finish carpenter, cabinet maker, or machine operator.

For questions and to enroll, contact David at Next Step of West Michigan 616-243-4477

The Program Includes: 

  • Experiential, hands-on learning using a variety of hand tools, power tools, and machinery

  • Training focused on woodworking, manufacturing, and development of cross-functional skills relevant to local industry

  • Historical look at “Furniture City” Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Skills development in sketching and CAD

  • Individual and group time for experimentation, model making, and prototypes

  • Industry visits and guest workshops with designers, makers, educators, and community leaders

  • Resume building and job placement opportunities

  • Life skills development will focus on areas such as:

    • punctuality, teamwork, and other valuable employment skills

    • spiritual well-being and emotional health

    • time and money management

    • physical and mental health