Two figures shaking hands on top of two puzzle pieces fit together Special projects and initiatives represent how WIB strategies are executed to benefit customers and stakeholders throughout the region.  Brief descriptions of WIB initiatives are listed below along with links for more information.

SectorReady:  Strengthens the region’s workforce through:  Career pathways to expand recruitment and job advancement of students and transitioning adults; Entry level and intermediate credentials to certify high-demand skills; and Innovative training with a high-impact, high-volume, and lower-cost approach. Visit SectorReady online to learn more about how SectorReady™ can help employers, educators, and community leaders to strengthen the region’s workforce and economic vitality.  Contact Sherri Rhuems at the WIB for more info.

Certified Work Ready Communities:  Help your businesses find the right employees the first time. Help you citizens prove their skills and get ahead of the line. Help your community better compete for new jobs and prosperity.

Disaster Recovery Jobs Program:  The WIB’s direct response to the May 2011 tornado was geared toward helping workers displaced by the storm, providing temporary labor to help in cleanup and humanitarian efforts, and encouraging workers to stay in the region as businesses re-open and the regional grows from the positive effects of recovery.

JobFest:  The region’s largest hiring and resource fair with hundreds of job seekers, dozens of employers, and participation by major sponsors and news media.

On-the-Job Training:  Special grants to help job candidates gain experience and skills much more quickly than typical methods by providing incentives for employers to hire and train eligible workers.

EmployerLink:  Monthly networking and informational luncheon of employers and stakeholders in the area of Barry and Lawrence Counties. Normally held on the 4th Thursday of every month at Big Baldy’s in Monett, MO (networking Lunch begins @ 11:30am, Presentation @ 12pm)0

FutureLink:  Workforce services and events geared to eligible youth ages 16 to 24 to obtain employment through work experience and help them to improve their academic skills to successfully move from school to work.

FutureLink Jobs League:  Job opportunities for local young adults working throughout our seven county area.  The program helps develop work ethic and transferable skills to participants.