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Mother Lode Works Vol. 10

"Your source for employment news in the Mother Lode"

This week in Mother Lode Works... - Blue Collar Work: Opportunities Expanded

- Spotlight Employer: Allied Universal

- UI Claim Updates


Up to Date COVID-19 Information - The official website for California COVID-19 Response daily updates and resources. - EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.


Blue Collar Work: Opportunities Expanded By Calaveras Center Manager Emily Graham

Even before the pandemic, the skilled trades occupations were facing an uphill battle to recruit and retain new workers as longtime employees retired or left their careers.

Now we face an even more critical need to develop the skills required to build, repair, maintain, develop and improve our core infrastructures. This includes the homes we live in, the energy we produce and consume, the roads we drive on and the appliances and vehicles we use.

Traditionally called “blue collar work”, these essential occupations are in danger of being lost, not for lack of demand but for lack of human resources. Nearly all of them train through on-the-job training programs, apprenticeships or vocational schools that take less than a year to complete.

Many people have never considered these kinds of careers because they don’t identify with the perceived culture of the blue collar worker. However, with demand at an all time high and getting higher, it is time to consider that these career fields and occupations are rewarding and lucrative. Best of all, in these times of uncertainty, these jobs are not going away anytime soon.

In blue collar work, the following factors play an important role for career success:

  • Speaking the truth: Forbes Magazine issue from May 25, 2017 identifies one of the most commonly held values of blue collar workers is speaking the truth at all times.

  • Strong work ethic: Valuing a hard days work, getting dirty for a cause, putting in a full day and operating with a standard of excellence.

  • Motivation: Good wages, job security and promotional opportunities help drive successful workers. Additionally, internal motivation, like a sense of achievement and responsibility when meeting a challenge, are necessary.

  • Culture: Social and community based, these jobs are deemed essential and many of them have a social aspect- meaning you are likely to work closely with others and can develop a real sense of belonging. With many of the social aspects of recreation and leisure closed off due to COVID, these careers can give the experience of social interaction.

  • Communication: Working in these environments means knowing how to communicate with co-workers, customers and supervisors, and the different communication techniques required for each.

Mother Lode Job Training is a key resource for getting started in these careers, with the help of vocational training or paid work experience.

With the help of Mother Lode Job Training, Jake G (photo below) was enrolled in a vocational training program and successfully graduated from Cal Trade Welding. He is now an employed welder.


MLJT Spotlight Employer: Employment Opportunties with Allied Universal

Are you interested in becoming a Security Flex Officer? 

At Allied Universal, their Security Professionals assist clients and the public at large by providing essential jobs that keep our communities safe and secure. During this time, they need your help more than ever. 

They have immediate employment opportunities in the Sacramento region and Amador County. Allied Universal uses an interview process that you can complete from the comfort of your home through an online application and video interview. They also offer free training for hires who do not already possess a guard card. Contact Mother Lode Job Training if you need assistance with the application or interview process, such as access to computer, internet or video interviewing equipment.

They are proud to share that they have been recognized as North America’s leading security services provider with over 200,000 employees and they invite you to join the team!

Interested in a career with them? Visit their website and view some of the current job openings.


UI Claim Updates

See the latest number of claims filed below:

You can also find this information and more on the EDD site at:


For more information, contact your local Mother Lode Job Training job center:

Amador Center Manager: Annette, Email:, Phone: (209) 223-3341 Calaveras Center Manager: Emily, Email:, Phone: (209) 754-4242

Mariposa Center Manager: Stephanie, Email:, Phone: (209) 966- 3643 Tuolumne Center Manager: Pam, Email:, Phone: (209) 588-1150 Mother Lode Job Training is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Equal Opportunity Employer/Program; CRS 711 (TTY) Auxilary aides & services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Mother Lode Job Training is a proud partner of the America's Job Center of California network.

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