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, over 1,000 businesses utilize the services provided through WorkSource Lane for business recruitment efforts. Professional staff from WorkSource Lane work directly with 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, 2018 and June 30, 2019, services provided through WorkSource Lane resulted in over 7,000 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, 2018 and June 30 2019, 36 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 (132 new hires) to address business recruitment and expansion efforts.
Testimonial: Terra was relocating back to the Lane County area and began seeking employment outside her world of academia research. She learned about a small, startup company and reached out to them. The company wanted her knowledge and scientific research experience but were concerned that she didn’t have the knowledge of work that the company was doing. Enter the OJT program. Terra received the training and skills needed to be successful. Terra says “My experience with the OJT program just goes to show that almost anyone starting with a new employer will require some level of additional training. Even with my level of education, without the hands-on training and mentoring from my employer, I would not have had the opportunity to learn this unique and fascinating work. The OJT program is an easy process with seamless service. The 30- and 60-day reviews were helpful as they pinpointed my progress and provided the opportunity to review my learning goals with my employer so we both knew I was on track. I would recommend this program to anyone, job seeker and employer, searching for ways to maximize potential skills and growth potential.”
Identifying Talent through the National Career Readiness Certificate
Through the Lane Workforce Partnership’s investment and outreach efforts, over 8,600 people have been certified as work-ready through the utilization of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The certification tool allows the over 280 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 investments from our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth services contracts, local businesses receive paid youth interns to learn about their companies and to assist with daily tasks. In Program Year 2018/2019, sixty 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.