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Employer Training for LGBTQ Employee Inclusion Set for Dec. 12

Please join us for a special employer training focusing on creating welcoming spaces for LGBTQ employees.

Time: 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Place: Missouri Job Center, 730 S. Wall Ave., Joplin

Our presenter will be Karis Agnew, field director for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBTQ equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing and community education.

Karis, who spoke at the WIOA Inclusion Forum in Joplin in October, will review vital information for working with LGBTQ populations, including questions about language, legal and policy considerations, and best practices to increase talent recruitment, retention and boost team morale.

Light refreshments will be served. This training is provided at no cost to you thanks to grants from the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.


2019 Inclusion Award Nominations

Call for Nominations: W.I.O.A. Partners, Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Inclusion Award

If you know about a business in Southwest Missouri that has gone above and beyond to recruit, hire or retain people from minority groups, it’s time to nominate them for the second annual WIOA* Partners Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award!  Last year’s recipient was the Joplin Olive Garden.  Finalists were Simple Simons Pizza in Joplin and Stangs Travel Center in Anderson.

We would love to receive your nominations of Southwest Missouri businesses that actively recruit people with disabilities, provide training for staff to improve awareness of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, conduct activities to make their workplaces more inclusive for minority cultures, or any number of possibilities that promote inclusiveness of minority groups.

A business or organization is eligible for this award if it is located in any of the following counties: Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald or Newton. There are a few other requirements, which you can check by clicking below.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 30, 2019. You can submit a nomination by clicking the link below.

The award will be presented at the fourth annual Inclusion Forum set for Oct. 3 at the Holiday Inn in Joplin. The Inclusion Forum will take place in the morning and will include breakfast.  It will conclude by noon, so that you can get back to the rest of your day. Forum registration will open in September. If you would like to receive an email alert as soon as registration opens, click the appropriate link below to let us know. 

* The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners strive to help individuals improve their skills and obtain and maintain employment.

Click here for the Nomination Criteria

Click here to Submit a Nomination

Click here to get an email alert as soon as registration opens

Official WIOA Plan Modification June 2019

Workforce Investment Bureau of Southwest Missouri

Official WIOA Plan Modification June 2019

Consistent with the “sunshine” provisions of WIOA sec. 107(e), the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri posts the “SW WIB Local Plan Modification” for public comments.  Any public comments concerning the plan may be sent to Sherri Rhuems, Executive Director at

Labor Turnover Examined in SW Missouri

desk and chair with a vacancy sign

The provision of labor market information is one of the many business services available to employers through the local workforce system in Southwest Missouri.  Oftentimes businesses are in search of wage information in an effort to remain competitive and ensure their recruiting is effective.  The Workforce Investment Board is able to provide detailed and timely data on both entry-level and experienced wages, as well as a variety of other elements by municipality, county, drive-times, and more.

One data element that has recently become available is turnover, and the ability to examine it by industry and other elements.  While the data is not as recent as would be desired, it does offer some insight into the local labor market and job churn.  The figures below detail local labor turnover in Southwest Missouri by industry, age, and education level from the 2nd quarter of 2015 to the 2nd quarter of 2016.

 Bar graph showing Turnover by Industry 2015-16

Industries with the highest turnover rates included Administrative Support & Waste Management/Remediation (22.9%), Accommodation & Food Services (19.4%), Retail Trade (11.9%), and Construction (10.2%).  The lowest rates were in the industries of Educational Services (5.6%), Public Administration (5.8%), and Finance & Insurance (6.7%).

Chart indicating turnover by age 2015-16

As far as age, individuals aged 14-18 held the highest turnover rate (29.0%), followed by ages 19-21 (22.7%), 22-24 (18.0%), and 25-34 (11.7%).  The lowest rates were held by those aged 55-64 (5.3%), 45-54 (6.2%), 65+ (7.3), and 35-44 (8.1%).

Chart indicating turnover by education level 2015-16

As far as educational attainment, those for whom data was unavailable (those aged 24 or younger) held the highest turnover rate (21.7%).  Individuals with less than a high school diploma (9.4%), those with a high school equivalency (7.7%), those with some college or an associate’s degree (7.6%), and those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree (6.9%) all had rates below the overall 9.5% rate.

For more information, contact Sherri Rhuems.

Source: JobsEQ®

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

Healthcare career expo from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at MSSU End Zone

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 for more details.

Download the flyer HERE.

Employer Registration Open for Manufacturing Days ‘Drop Off’ Hiring Events in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho

Flier for Manufacturing Days ToursAs part of our Manufacturing Days activities this year, the Workforce Investment Board and Missouri Job Centers are putting together a special hiring event that will span all three days of Manufacturing Days.

Here’s how it works:

Work-ready job seekers interested in manufacturing will tour area manufacturing plants on: Oct. 3 in Monett/Cassville, Oct. 4 in Joplin, and Oct. 5 in Neosho.

The tours will finish up at the nearest Job Center each day, where the job seekers will be invited  to complete and submit applications and resumes for manufacturers in the area.

Workforce staff will collect all applications and resumes for your business and drop them off to you. You don’t need to attend the event (unless you want to) and there’s no cost for travel, give-aways or displays.

Want to participate? Here’s all you need to do:

First: Click the button below, which will open up an email.

Next: In the email, tell us you’d like to participate and attach a one-page sheet that has your company name/logo on it and also displays information for the job seeker, such as positions you’re hiring for, worksite location(s), and website if you’d like them to apply online. These sheets will be displayed next to your paper applications (if applicable).

Last: If you utilze a paper application, please also attach it to the email. We will make copies to have on hand.

That’s it! That’s all you have to do.

We will collect your application/resumes and contact you the following week to make arrangements to get them to you.

Questions? You may either include them in your email when you click below, or call Leslie Abram at 417-206-1717 Ext. 2107.

2018 Inclusion Award

Call for Nominations: W.I.O.A. Partners Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award

Do you know a business or organization that has gone above and beyond to recruit, hire or retain people from minority groups?  If you answered “yes,” then you’ll want to nominate them for the first ever Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award.

The WIOA Partners Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award recognizes and honors a business or organization in Southwest Missouri that demonstrates outstanding performance of inclusion in the areas of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees as they relate to people with disabilities and other minority groups.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners strive to help individuals improve their skills and obtain and maintain employment.

A business or organization is eligible for this award if it is located in either Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald or Newton counties and hires employees directly.  There are a few other requirements, which you can check here.

The award will be presented at the third annual Inclusion Forum set for Oct. 2 at the Joplin Public Library.  The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 31, 2018.  To nominate a business or organization, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Abram at or 417-206-1717 Ext. 2107, MORelay 711.

Eligibility Criteria: Click Here

To Nominate Someone: Click 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.

Registration Open for Internal Workplace Investigations Workshop

Internal Workplace Investigations

Registration is now open for a special human-resources related training called “The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Internal Workplace Investigations.”  This half-day training, set for June 7 at the Joplin Public Library, is sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri to help HR professionals, managers, supervisors, business owners and anyone who may need to conduct an internal workplace investigation.

Conducting an internal investigation can be a difficult task.  Any investigation has the potential to be costly, disruptive and time-consuming.  It also can lead to a variety of other unexpected complications if it is not conducted with the utmost care and confidentiality.

Whether it is employee misconduct, a performance problem, harassment, discrimination, theft, a workplace accident, or some other critical workplace issue, the objective of an internal investigation is to discover facts from which to make a sensible and lawful decision to help resolve the problem, and hopefully prevent it from occurring again.  Accomplishing this often depends upon the quality of the investigation that has been conducted.

This workshop will provide a framework of legal and best-practices knowledge to build the confidence, skills and techniques needed to conduct an effective investigation that is prompt, thorough and lawful.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Gathering necessary documents for the investigation
  • Identifying the necessary parties to include
  • Tips for interviewing
  • Proper documentation to create during an investigation
  • Assessing the potential risk with the concern raised
  • Communicating with leadership regarding conclusions
  • Communicating the outcome of the investigation to the parties involved
  • Acting to prevent retaliation issues

The presenter will be Elizabeth Wente, attorney at law, with Spencer Fane, LLP in St. Louis.  For more information about the presenter or to register, click the link below.

This training program will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Cost is $50 and includes lunch and training materials.  There is a discount available for participants from non-profit organizations.  See online registration form for more information.

Click here to register