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 six to nine-month YouthBuild track for 16-24 year olds focuses on the building trades and construction industry. The 17-week Kitchen Ready track focuses on cooking and food preparation skills and is open to adults ages 18+. We offer all students the opportunity to earn industry-aligned portable credentials.


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 or GED® and accessing other training and employment opportunities.


Please see the tabs above for more detailed information on training program components. Read more about our social impact model here.




The next YouthBuild cycle begins January 7, 2019!
Click here and fill out our brief online application to let us know you are interested in participating in this FREE training program.


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.


Integral 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 a stipend, 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 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 & 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
  • Building Traders Safety and First Aid
  • Construction Math
  • Tools and Construction Methods
  • Employability
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and Finishing
  • Building Construction Technology



The next Kitchen Ready cycle begins February 4, 2019!
Click here and fill out our brief online application to let us know you are interested in participating in this FREE training program.


The 17-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 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, 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 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.


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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.