by WJ on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM

On May 31, the Little Rock Workforce Development Board  (LRWDB) hosted a three-day Workplace Skills Orientation for participants in Little Rock’s Arkansas Promise work readiness initiative and their job coaches. Key topics in the Be Successful at Work workshop included: dress for success, workplace communication, conflict resolution, and  bullying and sexual harassment. Volunteer instructors from organizations like the Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas (HRMA) contributed their time and  expertise to provide information in these critical areas.

The LRWDB began its partnership with the Arkansas PROMISE Grant consortium in January 2015 to operate a summer youth work experience program to run in concert with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP.) The majority of participants and employers reported have reported positive experiences with this effort. As one employer stated:

“We have been a part of the work program for over two years and love it.  It's a wonderful program for any business to be a part of!  The worker gains knowledge and experience and the business is able to have additional help.  It's a great program and we're fortunate to be a part of it!” – Angela Bennett, All About Staffing, Inc.

PROMISE—Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income—is a joint initiative of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services, and Labor. Arkansas was selected as one of six programs nationally to promote positive changes in education and employment outcomes for the target population. Arkansas PROMISE provides innovative educational, vocational, and other services to youth SSI recipients, age 14 to 16, and their families.

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by WJ on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:19 AM

On May 31, the Little Rock Workforce Development Board  (LRWDB) hosted a three-day Workplace Skills Orientation for participants in Little Rock’s Arkansas Promise work readiness initiative and their job coaches. Key topics in the Be Successful at Work workshop included: dress for success, workplace communication, conflict resolution, and  bullying and sexual harassment. Volunteer instructors from organizations like the Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas (HRMA) contributed their time and  expertise to provide information in these critical areas.

The LRWDB began its partnership with the Arkansas PROMISE Grant consortium in January 2015 to operate a summer youth work experience program to run in concert with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP.) The majority of participants and employers reported have reported positive experiences with this effort. As one employer stated:

“We have been a part of the work program for over two years and love it.  It's a wonderful program for any business to be a part of!  The worker gains knowledge and experience and the business is able to have additional help.  It's a great program and we're fortunate to be a part of it!” – Angela Bennett, All About Staffing, Inc.

PROMISE—Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income—is a joint initiative of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services, and Labor. Arkansas was selected as one of six programs nationally to promote positive changes in education and employment outcomes for the target population. Arkansas PROMISE provides innovative educational, vocational, and other services to youth SSI recipients, age 14 to 16, and their families.

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by WJ on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:35 PM

The host of Speak Up Arkansas, Paul Kelly, recently highlighted the topic of workforce development as part of his regular broadcast on  KABF 88.3 FM, “The Voice of the People.” Speak Up Arkansas is underwritten by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. The talk radio show is dedicated to covering issues like health care, education, juvenile justice, the state budget, and family and economic security.

The Executive Director of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board, W. J. Monagle, participated in a panel discussion  with three other local workforce development leaders: Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Roger Rich, Superintendent of Southside Schools; and Cindy Varner, Vice President of Workforce Development with Goodwill of Arkansas.

Panel members discussed economic trends that affect workforce development, programs that address the needs of job seekers and employers, and community partnerships that drive success in vocational training and sustainable employment.

Economic Trends

Less than 40 years ago, nearly 75% of jobs in the United States could be filled by workers with no more than a high school education in industries like manufacturing, farming, mining, transportation, and construction. By 2022, the U. S. will lack 11 million workers with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or credentials to meet job demands. Arkansas has significant workforce development needs to assist adults over 25 with no college degree, especially as aging workers retire.

Program “Success Stories”

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board coordinates programs for adults, youth and dislocated workers through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well grant-funded programs like YouthBuild, which helps at risk youth obtain a G. E. D. and vocation training. Southside Schools sponsors Project Future Story, which exposes students to career possibilities that match their interests from “pre-K through career.” Goodwill of Arkansas is launching a charter school for adults without a high school diploma in addition to regular career center offerings like resume writing and interview preparation.

Community Partnerships

Partnerships across local communities are required to help individuals overcome barriers to find and sustain employment. A viable network of employment and job-driven training programs includes roles for business, government, non-profits, and other community entities to promote economic sustainability.

To listen to the radio broadcast in its entirety, you may download the mp3 file by clicking here:  Speak Up Arkansas.mp3

 

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by WJ on Jun 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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Using a procurement process approved by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Little Rock Workforce Development (LRWDB) has selected Rescare Workforce Services as its One-Stop  Operator and program services provider. Rescare’s impressive record in Little Rock - achieving 9 of 9 performance measures for the past three years - gave its RFP submission a competitive advantage over other One-Stop Operator organizations.

ResCare Workforce Services is the nation’s most comprehensive provider of services and solutions designed to help put people to work. The organization’s combination of career center operations, Job Corps centers, schools, business services and family support functions are the largest for-profit collection of workforce solutions in the United States. With more than 350 ResCare-managed operations throughout the nation, a team of more 2,000 workforce professionals use the industry’s best practices to assist approximately 1 million job seekers and thousands of employers annually to help reduce poverty, crime and unemployment in the communities Rescare serves.

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