Archive for Talent Development

Registration Now Open for January 15th Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event

Are you an employer, educator, or other resource interested in connecting with high school and tech center students looking for careers in the healthcare industry?  If so, you should mark your calendar for January 15th, 2018, as Mercy, Freeman Health System, and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri will be hosting the region’s 1st Annual Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event at MSSU’s End Zone.

The morning will feature exhibits and demonstrations from local employers and educators on various activities, followed by a hiring and resource event in the afternoon to connect interested students with hiring employers in the industry.

EMPLOYERS, please click HERE to register, or email Bubba Evansco at bubba@sectorready.org for more details.

Download the flyer HERE.

2nd Annual Apprenticeship Forum Attracts Employers from Across the 4-State Region

The 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Forum was held this past Friday, and the event did not disappoint – more than fifty employers and education stakeholders were in attendance to learn more about the apprenticeship training model from a variety of different experts.

Employers were provided a wealth of information on different tax incentives and wage reimbursement options from Suzanne Richards who works as a training and development specialist with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  Educators learned about how their districts and campuses could implement different programs and how to market them to their local businesses from Dr. Oscar Carter, Director of Skilled Technical Services with the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.  And municipalities and other government jurisdictions heard from Richard Kindberg with the Center for Municipal Excellence and Keith Stewart with the City of Edmond, Oklahoma on how the city was able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars via the implementation of a registered program tailored to their public works department.

Click HERE to read more on KSN’s coverage of the forum, and click HERE to download a copy of the event’s presentations.  For more information, please email Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Registration Open for 2018 Apprenticeship Forum

As businesses continue to experience skill gaps with new employees, apprenticeship training options are well poised to help develop the necessary skills and abilities of our communities’ emerging workforces to help meet the growing needs of our region’s employers.

The WIB’s annual Apprenticeship Forum is a great resource for business leaders, HR managers, economic & workforce developers, and educators to learn more about the apprenticeship training model and how to leverage related, short-term options to meet more immediate workforce needs.

Our featured presentation this year is from the City of Edmond, Oklahoma and the Center for Municipal Excellence – they will be sharing details on the development of their field services professional training program for public works employees, the first of its kind in the nation.  The program has helped them save hundreds of thousands of dollars by utilizing in-house talent to accomplish what would have previously required the hiring of numerous contractors.

Learn more about the apprenticeship training model from them, as well as Suzanne Richards, the state of Missouri’s apprenticeship development specialist, and Dr. Oscar Carter, the director of Skilled Technical Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Register Now!

For registration questions, please call (417) 206-1717 extension 2107.  For more information on the event itself, contact Frank Neely at (417) 380-9626.  Download the flyer HERE.

Multiple Events for Manufacturing Day Hosted by Local Chambers, Schools, & More

Multiple organizations, including high schools, tech centers, employers, and workforce and economic developers are celebrating manufacturing day this year by hosting a number of events aimed at increasing awareness of the many opportunities to be had in this vital sector of region’s economy.  The Joplin Globe spotlighted a number of these in their October 2nd edition.

Southwest Missouri’s local Workforce Investment Board and associated Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho, who offer accelerated training and certification programs for a range of trades for people who are looking for manufacturing jobs, will be taking jobseekers on tours of a number of local manufacturers, including Flex-O-Lators, Ajinomoto Windsor, and Thermal Engineering in Joplin and Carthage, as well as Regal-Beloit, Monett Metals, and PlayPower in Monett and Cassville.

Franklin Technology Center will be hosting local businesses and students on Friday with multiple presentations showcasing modern manufacturing technology and career opportunities.  Carthage Technical Center and the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce are also promoting new opportunities to their students, and are coordinating tours of numerous local manufacturers who are very interested in getting the word out about their businesses and open positions.

Events like these help to educate our region’s emerging workforce on the many opportunities available to jobseekers within the manufacturing industry. Please click here to access the Globe’s article on Manufacturing Day events in Southwest Missouri.

WIB Receives Missouri Association of Manufacturers’ 2018 OneSource Alliance Award

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri was honored by the Missouri Association of Manufacturers last week with the presentation of the Made in Missouri OneSource Alliance Award.

The WIB, in partnership with the Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho has and continues to work with our areas’s manufacturing and education  stakeholders to work to address workforce training needs in Southwest Missouri.  Efforts are currently focused on the provision of short-term training meant to provide the foundational skills necessary for jobseekers to enter one of the region’s targeted industries – manufacturing, transportation, construction, and healthcare.  Classroom training and other curriculum and practical application are followed by paid work experiences with different employer partners seeking to utilize another pipeline of qualified, credentialed, and work-ready jobseekers.

For more information on current and upcoming training offerings, or to apply for these and other jobseeker or business services, please visit www.sectorready.org.

Building Trades Hiring Event Scheduled for September 5th

A hiring & resource event for the Building Trades Sector is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at Joplin Memorial Hall.  The event will coincide with completion of the work experience portion of the most recent building trades pre-apprenticeship training offered by the Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho.  Students of the training will have recently completed a short-term work experience program with Catholic Charities, gaining valuable experience before being connected with other hiring employers and related resources in the industry.

The event will be open to the public from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, with business team staff on hand to explain other available services and programs.  Employers wishing to reserve a table can register for free HERE.  Hurry – space is limited!!!

Download the flyer here.

Registration Now Open for the LUME Early Childhood Education Primer on July 10 in Carthage

Preschool teacher working with kids

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri is partnering with the LUME Institute in St. Louis to establish a new early childhood education program for jobseekers wishing to start a new career working with children.

The training will take place on Tuesday, July 10th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 627 W Centennial Ave in Carthage, Missouri, and will provide registrants with an orientation on the LUME Approach, culture building, and access to other LUME services as they relate to childcare training and early childhood education. LUME’S Approach is to nurture the development of children through creativity, psychodynamics, literacy, empathy, compassion and inclusiveness as based on LUME’s proven and award winning model. LUME offers systemic and comprehensive approaches to early childhood education that engage, impact, and transform communities.

Learn how to effectively promote innovative thinking, exploration, and knowledge sharing, while developing methodologies that deepen our understanding of how children learn and grow.

There is a nominal registration fee of $15, which will cover session materials, snacks, and refreshments. Please join us on July 10th to learn more about the LUME approach and the new early childhood education program area jobseekers can utilize in their search for a new career.  Please REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE.

Click here to download the flyer.

New Carthage Community Center Hosts Construction Sector Hiring Event

The Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho offer numerous pre-apprenticeship training programs in different industries, and the latest one in construction helped establish a new community center in Carthage.

Graduates of this most recent program received the work experience portion of their training during renovation of a local derelict building, thanks in large part to Catholic Charities and a number of local businesses who donated time and building materials.

A construction sector hiring event connecting the program’s graduates and other interested students with regional construction firms is scheduled from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 25th following the ribbon cutting at 137 Grant St in Carthage.

Interested employers can register for free here or call 417.380.9626 for more information.

KODE Highlights Apprenticeship Program Expansion

KODE News recently highlighted a program expansion for apprenticeship training, allowing for the allotment of $3.6 million dollars of federal funding to student training.

Apprenticeship programs are training models that weave classroom and on-the-job training elements together. Students are paid employees from day one, learning new skills along a sustained career pathway with clear advancement goals and opportunities. Employers partner with education providers to deliver classroom training specific to their businesses and occupations, helping to create to stable & predictable pipelines of skilled labor.

Apprenticeships are a proven training model in a variety of industries and occupations – technical assistance and support from local training providers and state and federal workforce system partners is available to help businesses get started. Shorter term pre-apprenticeship training to help prepare students for entry into registered programs is also available. For more information, please contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Dade County Earns Certified Work Ready Community Designation; All Southwest Missouri Counties Now Certified Work Ready

Dade County, Missouri is the newest area in the state to have been designated a Certified Work Ready Community by ACT, having met all of their testing and employer support goals required for certification.  The CWRC designation is an independent validation of the quality of a region’s workforce, and this marks the tenth time that counties in Southwest Missouri have been certified or re-certified as work ready communities since the initiative began in 2012.

Congratulations to Dade County!!!  For more information on the Certified Work Ready Community initiative, please visit https://www.workreadycommunities.org/.