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  • Date posted:
    June 28th, 2017
    This summer marks the ninth year of SummerWorks , a public-private partnership that puts youth to work in our community during the summer. Following our SummerWorks kickoff this Friday in Portland, more than 1,100 interns will begin their jobs across Multnomah and Washington counties. More than 34,000 young people aged 16 to 24 are out of school and out of work in the Portland metro area. Without a sustained commitment to our youth, they will face additional barriers to realizing their full potential as active and engaged citizens. At the same time, regional employers who offer family-wage...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    June 15th, 2017
    Workforce Development - the Key to Making America Great Again As the Chair of Worksystems, the Portland Metro Workforce Development Board, the Trump Administration’s new focus on workforce development sounds promising and signals a recognition that improving the skills of American workers is key to advancing and sustaining the greatness of the nation. However, the President’s proposed budget plan includes a 40% cut in the primary resources used by the public workforce development system to train and connect people to employment. Funding for workforce development has already been reduced by $1...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    June 13th, 2017
    In partnership with the Technology Association of Oregon, Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Workforce Southwest Washington and Prosper Portland, we are pleased to announce the release of TechTown PDX Talent Strategy. This plan emphasizes our focus on cultivating a diverse, homegrown talent pipeline to support the prosperity of the region's tech companies and people. Tech and tech-enabled industries are expected to grow 20% with 10,000 new jobs projected in our region by 2026. Workforce diversity, equity of access and inclusion have been identified by tech companies as challenges and this plan...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    April 28th, 2017
    On April 27, the Tech Jobs Tour made a stop in Portland and drew over 400 people. Worksystems was a featured speaker at the event and spoke to the crowd about IT job training and employment opportunities in the Portland Metro Region. Attendees participated in a career fair, speed mentoring, product demos, a coding bootcamp, and engaged in ultra-diverse networking. Numerous local tech companies attended looking to connect with local job seekers. There are currently 1000+ tech job postings in the Portland Metro Region. The Tech Jobs Tour was hosted by Tech Hire , a national effort to expand...// Read more