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  • Date posted:
    January 4th, 2016
    Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields. PBS NewsHour's Christopher Booker talks with Worksystems Executive Director Andrew McGough about how our region is preparing the next generation of workers.// Read more
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    September 30th, 2015
    Worksystems has been awarded $2.3M by the US Department of Health and Human Services to fund the first year of a five-year Health Careers Northwest initiative, which will provide health care industry training and employment connections to 1,350 job seekers in the Portland Metro area. The total award is expected to be approximately $12M over the program's five-year duration. Funding will prepare Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and other low-income people in the Portland Metro Area to enter and advance...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    The Portland Metro area will get an influx of training resources to assist job seekers and incumbent workers at target sector businesses. The State of Oregon has received a $6.8M National Emergency Grant to support sector work and an estimated $2M will be coming to the Portland area. Worksystems will manage these resources and make them available through WorkSource Portland Metro. Grant funding will be available to train 225 job seekers with a focus on dislocated workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks, unemployment insurance claimants likely to exhaust their benefits, and...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    The Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative - a partnership between Worksystems, the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County and the SW Washington Development Council - recently sponsored a Manufacturing Forum to update business leaders on progress made towards the Manufacturing Workforce Plan. Roughly 150 people attended. The Manufacturing Workforce Plan identifies the three key issues businesses have told us are impacting their industry: 1. The quality and quantity of young workers entering the industry. 2. The skills of current available workers. 3. Technology and process...// Read more