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    Data show that construction has become a high-growth industry in the Portland Metro Area. In the next ten years, more than 15,000 new jobs are expected, outpacing other industries in the region. These are high paying jobs, averaging over $25 per hour. Current and future building trends, both public and private, are rapidly increasing the demand for skilled tradespeople in the region. One-fifth of the region’s construction workforce is at, or nearing, retirement age. Contractors are currently looking across the country to fill positions. How can we work together to address training and...// Read more
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    Manufacturing is the engine that powers our region's economic vitality. From metals, machinery and transportation to semiconductors and green technology, the manufacturing sector in the metro area represents almost 30% of the region's GDP. Manufacturing provides jobs, innovation and spurs productivity - giving our region an edge in the competitive global economy. Visit our site careersnw.org to explore careers in manufacturing! A strong workforce is critical to this success. We have engaged the manufacturing community to better understand their workforce issues and are designing programs and...// Read more
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    SummerWorks is a locally funded public/private partnership that supports youth through their first work experience. The program is sponsored by Worksystems, City of Portland, Multnomah County, Washington County, City of Beaverton, TriMet, Portland Public Schools, Hillsboro School District, DHS, and private businesses that provides area youth ages 16 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences in the private, not for profit and government sectors. Though SummerWorks is a short-term employment and training program, our goal is to introduce our youth to employers who will...// Read more
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    Our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources to serve adult job seekers are invested through the public workforce system - WorkSource Portland Metro - to fund a variety of programs and services to help people prepare for and connect to careers and to support the staffing needs of regional businesses. We carefully monitor the results of our investments to insure quality outcomes for both job seekers and employers. The dashboard represents the past four quarters. Performance Outcomes by WorkSource Center var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1564163687173'); var...// Read more