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tryan@worksystems.org.
  • Date posted:
    April 6th, 2018
    Our Economic Opportunity Program and rent assistance model have been featured as a national best practice in a new report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness . The report, published by the Heartland Alliance , focuses on successful partnerships and collaborations between workforce development and homeless service systems and addresses common challenges, strategies and approaches to working together. An independent study conducted by Meyer Memorial Trust examined our rent assistance and found that training participants who received the assistance had vastly better outcomes...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    March 21st, 2018
    We are pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Construction Labor Market Report. This report examines the workforce data, characteristics and trends that define the Construction sector within the Greater Portland-Vancouver area. With over 70,000 jobs and a payroll of $3.9 billion, Construction accounts for over 5 percent of the greater Portland region's private-sector employment and 6 percent of total payroll. The Construction sector contributed approximately $6.8 billion to the metro area's Gross Domestic Product in 2017. Since our last labor market report in 2016, Construction has added...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    March 6th, 2018
    Worksystems is partnering with Gateway to College and the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to host a Youth Jobs Fair on April 13th aimed at helping disadvantaged youth re-connect with school and work. More than 30 Portland-based employers with immediate job opportunities will be hiring including Starbucks, OHSU, Portland Parks and Recreation and Salt & Straw. Youth will also be able to register for a paid internship through our SummerWorks program to participate in a work experience with an area employer that includes work readiness training. The Jobs Fair will also feature: Opportunities...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    March 5th, 2018
    You’ve probably seen those quirky, techy job postings. They’re the ones that want candidates to be able to code, have UX skills, think creatively, throw a 98-mph fastball, and concoct the world’s most delicious green smoothie. Okay, we’re exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. “Unicorns” are like the Holy Grail of employees. They have broad skill sets, can think creatively and technically, and have plenty of relevant experience. Unicorns can do it all, and our region's rapidly growing tech industry is desperately searching for them. Situated between Silicon Valley and Seattle, the...// Read more