Minding the skills gap – Workforce program trains employees for emerging firms
If your business is hiring, Cheryl Moore has good people and money for you.
Moore is the executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, a federally backed program that helps laid-off workers retrain and find new jobs. But what’s less known, Moore said, is that the board can help funnel pre-screened applicants to businesses that are hiring and even foot part of the bill for training costs. And thanks to a recent boost from the federal stimulus bill, the board is rolling out a new program to cover the cost of hiring young workers for the summer.
“We’re seeing people with all kinds of experience and talent, as well as those who are just entering the job market,” Moore said. “We can help match some of that talent with potential employers. The employers just need to make sure they let us know what their needs are.”