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  • Date posted:
    October 8th, 2021
    The Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative - comprised of the 3 workforce board in our region including Worksystems, Workforce Southwest Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership - is excited to announce the release of the 2021-2023 Construction Workforce Plan! The Construction Workforce Plan outlines the priority areas that the Collaborative will focus on to support the workforce development needs of the construction industry. These priorities have been vetted and approved by industry leaders in the region, who will also evaluate and monitor progress toward completion: Connect...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 7th, 2021
    Culture change is coming in construction. That was the takeaway from one of the livelier sessions at the three-day convention of the Oregon Building Trades Council held in September. The session featured a "Safe From Hate" panel that included Kelly Haines from Worksytems. Safe From Hate is a local construction industry partnership formed last summer after someone hung a noose on a construction jobsite in Portland. Worksystems Supports Safe From Hate Initiative Since then, 65 organizations, including contractors, developers and many local unions, have signed the Safe From Hate pledge  to...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 7th, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 7, 2021 Contact: Patrick Gihring pgihring@worksytems.org, 503-841-7809 Driving Diversity in Portland Elected Officials in Action to Help People of Color and Women Access Careers in the Recycling and Waste Industry A former State Senator, Portland School Board Member, and Portland Mayor team up to create new pathways to recycling and waste careers. Portland, Ore. – Chip Shields, a former Oregon state senator, saw that truck driving jobs are among...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    September 24th, 2021
    Worksystems, in partnership with Workforce SW Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership has been awarded a $2.3M grant from the US Department of Labor to support the child care needs of job seekers while they participate in training to prepare for a new career. Funding will be prioritized for women and people of color who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic as these populations are overrepresented in the hardest hit industries including hospitality, food service and retail. Child care in the Portland Metro area averages $1,500/month - unaffordable for households in poverty...// Read more