Job Training

Training and Placement


Green Opportunities believes everyone has a stake in an inclusive, sustainable local economy, and preparing people for meaningful career opportunities is at the very core of what we do.


We accomplish our work through job training and placement services that feature technical and life skills training, basic education, and case management. We offer industry-aligned technical training and portable credentials while empowering our members to overcome personal and systemic barriers to employment. All GO training and placement programs are offered at no-cost to income-eligible residents of Asheville and Buncombe County.


GO currently offers three primary training tracks. The six-to-nine-month YouthBuild track prepares out-of-school youth to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma while gaining skills and experience in carpentry and construction. The 15-week Kitchen Ready track focuses on cooking, hospitality, and food preparation skills and is open to adults ages 18+. GO also offers a Youth Corps program geared specifically at supporting 16-24 year old young adults in reaching their educational and vocational goals, including earning their high-school equivalency diploma/GED® and accessing other training, education, and employment opportunities. We offer all GO students the opportunity to earn industry-aligned portable credentials.


Our programs prepare members for entry-level jobs in industries like:


Culinary Arts




Early Childhood Education (via partnership with Buncombe Partnership for Children)



Ready to Work


The goal of the Ready to Work program is to prepare job seekers with the skills and experience they need to begin a fulfilling career with opportunities for advancement. GO’s Ready to Work training track pairs short-term essential soft skills/career readiness instruction and one-on-one job coaching with access to wrap-around case management services that remove employment barriers.


Ready to Work students can also apply for technical training tracks offered by program partners, including NC Certified Peer Support Specialist, Early Childhood Teacher, and others. Students who wish to begin working immediately may be referred to GO’s temp-to-perm staffing agency partner, UpStaff Personnel.


Soft skills covered in the Ready to Work class include communications, teamwork, professionalism, interview and resume preparation, and other essential skills.



Recruitment for the YouthBuild Program has closed.


The YouthBuild program is designed to help out-of-school youth earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, while also preparing them with the nationally-recognized credentials, industry-driven on-the-job training, and essential life skills needed to secure employment in the building trades, or pursue the career or college track of their choice.


Central to the YouthBuild program is the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. The HBI PACT curriculum is one of only three U.S. Department of Labor recognized pre-apprenticeship curricula. It integrates contextual, work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training in the classroom, including job and life skills, career development, and paid on-the-job training opportunities.


YouthBuild is a full-time, six-to-nine-month construction training program for young adults ages 16-24 who are out-of-school and out-of-work. YouthBuild members gain real-world on-the job training, earn an educational stipend and bus pass, study the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum, and earn their OSHA-10 Hour Construction Safety certification, CPR/First Aid certification, and Pre-Apprenticeship certificate in carpentry. The HBI PACT curriculum includes basic safety, carpentry, painting and finishing, green building, tool knowledge, construction math, and employability. YouthBuild members also study for and earn their high-school equivalency diploma or GED®, participate in entrepreneurship and financial literacy workshops, and gain leadership experience by participating in a Youth Advisory Council.


Click here to download a flyer for our YouthBuild program.



Life Skills


  • Team Building
  • Leadership & Effective Communication
  • Resume Writing & Interview Preparation
  • Educational & Career Pathways
  • Professionalism
  • Accepting Feedback
  • Financial Literacy
Technical Training


  • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification
  • Building Traders Safety and First Aid
  • Construction Math
  • Tools and Construction Methods
  • Employability
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and Finishing
  • Building Construction Technology

Kitchen Ready


The next Kitchen Ready cycle starts February 2020! 
Click here and fill out our brief online application to let us know you are interested in participating in this TUITION-FREE training program.


_DSC0427 copyThe 15-week GO Kitchen Ready program for adults 18+ prepares graduates for employment in the culinary industry and food service. Classes cover basic food service and technical skills including food safety, basic knife skills, culinary math, equipment identification, production method cooking, food station assembly and break down, basic culinary techniques, and appropriate kitchen communication, teamwork and cleanliness.


Kitchen Ready students earn the ServSafe® food handler’s certification from the National Restaurant Association and participate in cooking demos and internships with chefs from local restaurants. A portion of the program is devoted to essential life skills training, including resume writing, interviewing, and job retention skills. Upon program completion, Kitchen Ready students receive a continuing education certificate from A-B Tech.


Click here to download a flyer for our Kitchen Ready program.


Kitchen Ready is offered through a partnership with A-B Tech Community College, Catalyst Kitchens, Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), MANNA FoodBank, Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.


The Kitchen Ready training program was modeled after the Triad Community Kitchen program in Winston-Salem, NC and is part of the national organization Catalyst Kitchens. The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association-funded the 2011 initiative that led to Green Opportunities’ adoption of the program. Asheville restaurants Bouchon, Strada, and Tupelo Honey Cafe were founding funders of the Kitchen Ready program.



Life Skills


  • Team Building
  • Leadership & Effective Communication
  • Resume Writing & Interview Preparation
  • Professionalism
  • Listening & Accepting Feedback
  • Educational & Career Pathways
  • Financial Literacy


Technical Training


  • Knife Skills
  • Food Handling, Safety & Sanitation
  • Equipment & Product Identification
  • Cooking Terminology
  • Cooking Methods: Grill, Sautée, Caramelization, Frying, Basic Baking
  • Mise en Place
  • Emulsions, Dressings, and Sauces
  • Stock, Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches
  • How to Write a Prep List
  • Culinary Math & Measurements

Youth Corps


Apply for our Young Adult Leadership Pilot Program, starting in January 2020!

We’re gearing up to pilot a new youth leadership program in January, 2020. This 15-week program will meet three mornings each week. Participants will gain leadership skills, career readiness and soft skills through workshops, field trips and service projects. Class will be held Monday-Wednesday from 9:00am-12:00 pm. Participants can also opt-in to GO’s Thursday/Friday Youth Corps GED classes offered in partnership with A-B Tech. Click here to view or download a flyer for the program. Contact Ally Sloss to learn more & apply at or (828) 398-4158 x107.


GO’s Youth Corps program provides educational and vocational pathways for out-of-school and out-of-work young adults (ages 16-24) in Buncombe County who are looking to learn a new trade and develop career-building skills. Youth Corps students may elect to participate in full-time job training through our GO Kitchen Ready (culinary arts) program, or participate in off-site training opportunities that match their career interests.


Youth Corps students also have access to other career building opportunities, such as free high-school equivalency (HSE) classes, a life skills curriculum, paid apprenticeships, support services, and other community resources designed to help them reach their goals.


Are you interested in earning your High School Equivalency?
Sign up with GO’s Youth Corps program and get ready for the GED exam!


Here are the requirements:
– Be a Buncombe County resident
– Be 16-24 years old
– Be available on Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00am – 1:00pm
– Have a willingness & motivation to learn!
Ready to learn more & enroll? Call Ally at (828) 398-4158 x107 or email asloss@greenopportunities.orgto sign up!


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To apply for the upcoming training program cycle, stop by our office in the Edington Center (133 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC) to meet us and complete an intake form. Info Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the Edington Center Training Room. You can also complete our Online Application, and a GO staff member will get in touch with you to discuss next steps.