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 meet employer 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: Roger found it quite challenging for a mature person to find work in a college town like Eugene. With excellent in-person, face-to-face sales and customer service skills, Roger interviewed and was hired on the same day. Roger thanks his WorkSource Lane Career Advisor for the enthusiasm and encouragement to keep going and keep looking for that “great fit”.
Between July 1, 2015 and June 30 2016, 31 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 (92 new hires) to address business recruitment and expansion efforts.
Testimonial: When Jessica completed the Certified Medical Assisting Program at Pioneer Pacific College, she still needed a little help. “I found this job at Junction City Urgent Care but they said I needed training and sent me over to WorkSource Lane (OJT Program). At first, I thought – oh no – I am going to have to jump through a bunch of hoops but it was really easy. I wish I knew about WorkSource sooner.”
Testimonial: As a good candidate who lacked some billing experience, the Eugene Urgent Care sent Deborah to WorkSource Lane to explore the On-the-Job Training Program. “The OJT Program was just what I needed. The training went smooth and I got lots of help and support. The best part of OJT is it gives people like me who didn’t have the perfect skills set – it gives us a shot.”
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: Bob earned the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and received a WorkSource Lane scholarship to help with nursing school. “I look forward to my constant improvement and gain in knowledge. This was all made possible with the assistance of WorkSource Lane, and to them, my family and I will always be grateful.”
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.