Starting in Jan. 2019, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region will offer a free Career Readiness Certification for job seekers thanks to a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

The 40-hour program trains people to have productive and industry-specific skills, such as learning how to use computer software; includes financial literacy courses on managing a budget and securing educational funding; and prepares people for job applications by helping them network, construct résumés, and practice interviews.

“We are extremely pleased to support such a valuable initiative for job seekers and employers,” said Christopher Algeo, vice president and business acquisition manager for Wells Fargo. “It is imperative to provide job seekers with the fundamental computer, math, interpersonal, and financial literacy knowledge that will lead to successful careers in any organization.”

By the middle of the year, Goodwill hopes to expand the program to offer employers an in-house version with the goal of increasing stability and upward mobility within each respective workforce.

“Goodwill’s Career Readiness Certification is our endorsement that a job candidate is ready to work and thrive and contribute to an organization’s success,” Lori Forte Harnick, President and CEO of Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring this program forward for job seekers and employers across our region.”