Creating Positive Impacts for
Lane County Businesses
Lane County businesses benefit from Lane Workforce Partnership’s investment in training opportunities for adults and youth.
Each year in Lane County, between 800-1000 businesses utilize the services provided through WorkSource Lane for business recruitment efforts. Professional staff from WorkSource Lane work directly for local employers to pre-screen thousands of job candidates each day to ensure referrals meetemployer specifications. In addition, WorkSource Lane provides offices, classrooms, computer labs and conference space for businesses to conduct interviews, screen candidates and conduct new employee orientations. Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, services provided through WorkSource Lane resulted in over 15,000 job placements with local businesses.
Testimonial: Jody came to WorkSource Lane with a long list of skills and credential but due to other factors, she had moved around quite a bit and had sporadic work on her resume. She was finding it difficult to find that next job that was both challenging and paid a living wage. Jody worked closely with WorkSource Lane staff and when an accounting assistant position at a local business opened up, WorkSource Lane staff referred her to the On-The-Job Training program. This helped give her the edge she needed in order to be competitive. And like a true accountant, she sees how the OJT program kept things balanced. “There are investments on both sides. They see me as an asset to their company and they treat me like one.” Jody is grateful for the support and encouragement she received from staff at WorkSource Lane.
Between July 1, 2017 and June 30 2018, 47 companies in Lane County accessed the on-the-job training program, receiving up to $3,500 in reimbursements for each new hire. This enabled these local businesses to bring in and develop new talent (123 new hires) to address business recruitment and expansion efforts.
Testimonial: When Kala was offered an office position at Kevin Cohen, they had her go through the OJT program to become proficient in her position. “I have been in the office industry for a while now and it’s a passion of mine. Patience was key. The OJT program really helped me to learn things I had not known before. Overall, it was a great feeling to do something I knew would help me reach the next level of where I wanted to go in life. I would recommend others to go for it!”. Kala was very successful in her OJT and received a promotion focused on dispatching. Perhaps we can all be inspired by Kala’s words: “Do more of what makes you happy and find something to accomplish every day – even small steps count.”
Identifying Talent through the National Career Readiness Certificate
Through the Lane Workforce Partnership’s investment and outreach efforts, over 2,000 people have been certified as work-ready through the utilization of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The certification tool allows the over 200 Lane County businesses participating in the program to ensure that new hires have the basic skills needed to be successful on the job. To learn more about the program or to sign-up to utilize the NCRC in your hiring process contact WorkSource Lane at 541-686-7601.
“The program allows you to assess people ahead of time before they come in the door. The National Career Readiness Certificate includes a rigorous testing system… I’m noticing a significant quality difference in the applicant pool since we started using the NCRC.” Wayne Skipper, President, Concentric Sky.
Concentric Sky is featured in a video to bring awareness to the value of the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Testimonial: Nick earned the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and received a WorkSource Lane scholarship to help with commercial driving school. Nick carefully approached each required element and his hard work paid off. “I was at WorkSource Lane every day and without the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to get my CDL.” Nick wholeheartedly endorses connecting with WorkSource Lane.
Promoting Industry Opportunities to Lane County’s Youth
Through the investments made through our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth services contracts, local businesses received paid youth interns to learn about their companies and to assist with daily tasks. Thirty interns were placed in local businesses providing employers with the opportunity to educate youth in a variety of different industries, such as construction, landscaping, clerical, health care, veterinary medicine, culinary arts, customer service, clerical and small engine repair.