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 programs are free to income-eligible residents of Asheville and Buncombe County. Our curriculum trains members for jobs in industries like:


Culinary Arts


Restaurant Service


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 Southside Construction track focuses on the building trades and construction industry. The 15-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 18-24 year old young adults in reaching their educational and vocational goals, including earning their high-school equivalency diploma.


Read more about our social impact model here.




The full-time, nine-month Southside Construction Program is 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. Students will learn tool identification and safety and gain valuable hands-on experience in carpentry, painting and finishing, and building construction technology. Students will study basic electrical, plumbing, and HVAC as part of their facilities maintenance training, and can choose to pursue more in-depth experience in these trades if desired.


Integral to GO Build 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. Students earn a stipend during the 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
  • 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 15-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 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), MANNA FoodBank, and the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville.


The 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 (AIR) 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


  • Basic Knife Skills
  • Food Handling, Safety and Sanitation
  • Equipment Identification
  • Production Method Cooking
  • Food Station Assembly and Break-Down
  • Dressings and Emulsions
  • 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.