Investing for Lane County Businesses
As a capacity builder/investor, Lane Workforce Partnership’s Board is committed to enhancing the region’s ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers through the utilization of federal and state funds.
Current investments include:
The average annual $1.2 million dollar investment of federal, state, and foundation funds made by the Lane Workforce Partnership Board of Directors into WorkSource Lane provides for staffing, training scholarships, support services, On-the-Job training funds, internet access, computers, and testing programs to ensure that jobseekers have the skills to meet the needs of local employers. WorkSource Lane meets the needs of local employers through a collaborative service delivery effort between the Lane Workforce Partnership and the Oregon Employment Department.
On-the-Job Training Program
Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 the Lane Workforce Partnership invested $380,393 in the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. The OJT program is administered through WorkSource Lane. The OJT Program offers Lane County businesses up to $3,500 for hiring an eligible job seeker or current employee who is almost perfect, but is lacking a skill, or set of skills, AND is willing to train them on the job. Known as a “hire first” activity, it creates a win-win for employers and job seekers. Reimbursements are calculated at 50% of the wages earned by the new hire during the training period.OJT brochure
Regional Innovation Training Funds
Lane Workforce Partnership and Lane County’s Community & Economic partner to invest in the Regional Innovation Training Fund (RITF). The fund supports collective training projects in targeted industry sectors focused on meaningful post-secondary credentials; and result in growth and retention of innovation talent in Lane County.
Watch for new innovation training fund opportunities.
Past awards include:
- SentinalOne, a next-gen Cyber Security company was awarded $50,000 to upgrade their employee group to the company’s needed skill level in Cyber Security. The company hired 12 employees who had been displaced from Symantec. (May 2017)
- Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) was awarded $55,150 to assist Lane County small businesses of 25 or fewer employers in obtaining the skills necessary to develop a Food Safety Plan to meet FSMA compliance. The participants will receive certification in Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) which is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training. (May 2017)
- Food for Lane County was awarded $30,000 to support the second year of training for: safe food handling, warehouse equipment, temperature control, safety skills, inventory, handling of food orders inventory record keeping, and work readiness skills. Completers of the course will obtain a Food Handler’s Permit, Forklift Certification, and a Lane Community College noncredit certificate in Food Warehousing Training. (May 2017)
- Oregon SHINE (Sustainability Hub of Interchange Negotiation Experts): Because your business is under constant assault from a myriad of factors, it is paramount that your company has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. Strategic decisions have to be made to ensure your company can stay ahead of this tide of change that exert pressure companies almost daily. Making sure your strategic decisions lead to the best outcomes for your company and employees is the basis for the genesis of Oregon Shine. SHINE will help you: assess your management team; perform an operational assessment; give feedback to align your management team; achieve operational alignment; build a strategy around goals and positioning; construct a strategic plan; and create a tactical plan to implement the strategic plan by prioritization. Click here for more information on the Oregon SHINE program.
Work-Ready Lane County
As an economic development strategy, Lane County achieved its goal of becoming a Certified Work Ready Community. View up-to-date progress towards the goal for all counties within the State of Oregon.
The CWRC program works in concert with the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and serves as a validating tool that a community has a skilled labor force for targeted industries. The Governor has identified the National Career Readiness Certificate as one of the administration’s key workforce development strategies.
Lane County employers are encouraged to sign a Letter of Support to recognize the NCRC in their hiring.
“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.
NCRC recognized throughout the state: