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Workshops to train Louisville residents to work in sales

First two-day workshop scheduled for January

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2015) — Louisville is looking to train residents to be able to fill the city’s growing number of unfilled sales positions. The city has launched Louisville Sells, a training program that combines online education with hands-on workshops to build the skills to become a successful sales professional, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Over the course of the two-day workshops, participants will complete online courses through Lynda.com, a comprehensive online class site. The workshop will be facilitated by local employment experts, and will end in an employer panel from companies such as JAVS, Impact Sales Systems, ADT, Roppel Industries, and Signarama Louisville-East. The workshop will consist of interactive mock sales activities and live sales presentations.

“Trained sales professionals are in high demand in our region and we want to make sure our workforce is ready and prepared,” Fischer said. “Louisville Sells is an excellent opportunity for community members who are interested in sales to enhance their current skill set by learning new sales fundamentals and techniques.”

Curriculum will prepare students for jobs from inside and outside sales to sales management and commission-based jobs. It also will prepare those in non-traditional sales jobs for career advancement opportunities by enhancing their sales and communications techniques. In the Louisville area, the average entry-level salary for a sales position ranges from $30,000 to $50,000 per year.

Louisville Forward and KentuckianaWorks are partnering to offer the Louisville Sells training.

“In synch with Mayor Fischer’s strategy for growing jobs and wages, we are super-focused on those sectors where we can have the greatest impact, and sales is near the top,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks. “There is a sales component to just about every business and Louisville Sells will be a valuable resource for getting people into sales positions or honing their skills and advancing their existing careers.”

The first workshop will be held on Jan. 25 and 28, 2016 at the Louisville Central Community Center located at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, 40203. Workshops will soon be announced for March and May with additional workshops planned for later in the year.

In addition to a call for participants, Fischer is asking for more local employers to be involved with the Louisville Sells workshops. Opportunities for employers include participating in live sales presentations, becoming a mentor, offering job shadowing opportunities or hosting a two-day seminar. Interested companies are encouraged to contact KentuckianaWorks at (502) 574-4398.