Adult Workforce

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Worksystems is one of three metro area Workforce Development Boards implementing an $8.5 million US Department of Labor grant - called ReBoot NW - that will provide training to unemployed veterans and long-term unemployed job seekers in our region who are interested in mid- to high-level careers in IT/Tech and Manufacturing. ReBoot NW is our region’s response to the White House’s Ready to Work Initiative, which is premised on the idea that anyone who is ready to work should be able to find a job that fits their skills or access training to find a better job. // Read more

Worksystems Releases Aligned Partner Model and Policies

Date posted: 
June 2nd, 2014

A prolonged period of economic volatility, skyrocketing need, and budget reductions left public agencies and non-profits unable to meet the demand for services that help people move toward self-sufficiency. Recognizing the growing expectation that more be done with less, Worksystems created an innovative model that connects the public workforce system and local agencies serving populations in need. // Read more

The On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a "hire-first" program that reimburses a company for the cost of training a new employee. Companies can use OJTs to hire and train promising job candidates who have some - but not all - of the skills necessary for the job. // Read more

Housing Works Partners Release Policy Recommendations

Date posted: 
February 3rd, 2014

In July 2012, The Portland-Vancouver region received a Department of Labor grant to support Housing Works - a bi-state collaborations between three workforce investment boards and four public housing authorities to develop a model to effectively train and place long term housing residents into sustainable employment. As one of only a handful of pilot sites, the project is charged with producing proven practices that are replicable nationally. Worksystems serves as the lead agency for the grant. // Read more

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Every once in a while a report or study emerges that helps validate why workforce development matters. A recent report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that Americans lag far behind their counterparts in other developed nations in the mathematical and technical skills that increasingly define the modern workplace. // Read more

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Worksystems, in partnership with the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County, recently hosted a symposium for job seekers looking for high tech careers. More than 250 people attended the event which offered interactive sessions and panels featuring expertise from industry insiders, talent management professionals and job search experts. // Read more