Job Training

Training and Placement


Green Opportunities believes everyone has a stake in an inclusive local economy, and preparing people for meaningful jobs 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 technical training and portable industry-recognized 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.


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


Culinary Arts




Building Trades


Facilities Maintenance


Chef Dawes 9Green Opportunities’ training cycles prepare students with life skills and technical skills training, after which members get support as they search for employment or pursue further education. GO currently offers two primary technical training tracks.


The nine-month YouthBuild track for 16-24 year olds focuses on the building trades and construction industry. The 10-week Kitchen Ready track focuses on cooking and food preparation skills. We offer students the opportunity to earn ServSafe, OSHA, and HBI PACT certifications, among others. Please see the tabs above for more detailed information on training program components.


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.


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The Southside Construction are YouthBuild programs are designed to prepare students with the nationally-recognized credentials, industry-driven on-the-job training, and essential “life skills” training needed to secure employment in the building trades.


Integral to the Southside Construction and YouthBuild programs 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.


YouthBuild is a full-time, year-long 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 a stipend, study the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum, and earn their OSHA-10 Hour Construction Safety certification. The HBI PACT curriculum includes basic safety, carpentry, painting and finishing, green building, tool knowledge, construction math, and employability. YouthBuild members also have the opportunity to study for and earn their high-school equivalency diploma or GED®, enroll in entrepreneurship training, and gain leadership experience by participating in a Youth Advisory Council.


Southside Construction is a full-time, 15-week training program for adults ages 25+ who would like to work in the building trades. Members learn tool use and identification, earn the OSHA-10 Hour Construction Safety certification, and gain hands-on experience in construction, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. Members study the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. This program combines hands-on, work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training in the classroom, including employability and life skills, and career development. Southside Construction students may be eligible to receive a training stipend as part of their learning process.


Life Skills


  • Team Building
  • Leadership & Communication Styles
  • Resume Writing & Interview Preparation
  • ‘Know Your Rights’ Legal Training
  • Addiction Recovery & Prevention 
  • Educational & Career Pathways
  • Financial Literacy


Technical Training


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



The 10-week GO Kitchen Ready program 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 a mentoring program supported by premiere Asheville restaurants and chefs. A portion of the program is devoted to essential life skills training, including resume writing, interviewing, job search and job retention skills. Upon program completion, Kitchen Ready students receive a Foundations of Culinary certificate from A-B Tech.


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


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 & Communication Styles
  • Resume Writing & Interview Preparation
  • ‘Know Your Rights’ Legal Training
  • Addiction Recovery & Prevention 
  • Educational & Career Pathways
  • Financial Literacy


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Technical Training


  • Knife Skills
  • Food Handling, Safety and 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

Youth Corps


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 participate in full-time job training through our Kitchen Ready (culinary arts) or YouthBuild (construction trades) programs.


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.


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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. You can also complete our Online Application, and a GO staff member will get in touch with you to discuss next steps.