This spring, Gilbert, in partnership with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), will again support the Professional Skills program offering self-paced training for Gilbert residents and employees of Gilbert-based businesses. The training is complimentary for residents and employees and offers an opportunity for those enrolled to take their soft skills training to the next level. Participants complete ten professional skills modules throughout the month-long course which contain activities and assessments designed to enhance their skills. All modules are completed online with access to an instructor. This program is a great opportunity for Gilbert business owners to invest in their current employee and new hire training programs, and for job seekers looking to improve employability. The training is free for Gilbert residents and Gilbert-based employees. Applications for the Professional Skills program return this month and continues through the spring 2024 semester with multiple opportunities to enroll. More information can be found online.Elevate Tech Sales Course

Gilbert’s workforce accelerator partner, Elevate, is recruiting Gilbert residents for their second Tech Sales Training Course. Gilbert’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Gilbert-based company to offer residents an accelerated six-week program designed to help jump-start a career in the technology sales industry. Participants will receive virtual and in-person instruction. Upon completion, graduates will have an opportunity to secure interviews with Elevate’s Employer Partners. The first cohort was held last September and graduated six Gilbert residents, referred to as ‘climbers’, and resulted in three full employment offers within a month of graduation. The next training course starts on Feb. 21. Space is limited. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Learn more online.

Gilbert’s business assistance programs are managed and promoted by the Gilbert Office of Economic Development. To learn more about these and other business tools including the Local First Arizona Green Business Certification Program and the #GilbertTogether HUUB, a citywide online community and resource center for small businesses, head to the Business Assistance section.