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COVID-19 Information Update – Layoffs and Unemployment

Important Information for our Customers Concerning Layoffs and Unemployment

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Below, you will find some important documents for employers and job seekers who have been affected by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are an employer notifying us of a layoff, please click HERE to contact a Business Services representative.

 

 Thank you for your patience as we continue to provide services during this unique challinging time.

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Official DOL Apprenticeship Program

Official DOL Apprenticeship Program

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas kicks off the pilot to a new Dept. of Labor Apprenticeship training program

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AUSTIN- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) statewide workforce solutions Boards continue to engage with Texas employers to help them explore apprenticeship-training models and develop apprenticeship-training programs, which assist business owners with opportunities to teach specific skills so that new employees are potentially hired as apprentices.

On December 5, in Grapevine, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas became the State’s most recent Registered Apprenticeship program when Board representatives signed their U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship standards during the TWC Annual Conference and breakout panel discussion: “What’s New in Apprenticeship?”

 

“Businesses need to ensure they are innovative in their hiring practices with unemployment at historic low and a competitive Texas labor market,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “Apprenticeships provide job seekers the advantage of advanced training with employment and a pipeline of talent for Texas businesses. It’s a win-win for employers, their businesses and job seekers.”

 

Central Texas joins more than 454 registered apprenticeship programs across Texas who have chosen to train their skilled workforce using the apprenticeship model. Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is an important solution toward strengthening our state’s skilled workforce. Through RAs, residents can acquire valuable skills in a variety of in-demand occupations across key economic sectors, including skilled trades and advanced manufacturing, and employers can fill open positions with local talent who possess the required skills.

 

“We need to continue to think outside the box when it comes to low unemployment. The opportunity to earn while learning skills in high-demand industries is one of the most valuable experiences available to a Texas worker,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Apprenticeships help our workers learn valuable skills and prepare for the future.”

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Registered Apprenticeship programs combine classroom instruction with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craft person or trade professional. Apprenticeship is an effective solution in any occupation that involves progressive attainment of manual, mechanical or technical skills, and knowledge which meets industry standard for that occupation. By training apprentices, businesses can create an employee pool that will contribute to the bottom line and meet future workforce needs. Apprenticeship training is a key investment in a company’s future. Key benefits include:

  • helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • improves productivity and return on investment
  • reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • creates industry-driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs

 

Registered Apprenticeships enable job seekers to start working and earn a wage while they learn key skills and gain qualifications to meet industry standards. Other specific benefits include:

  • A paycheck from their first day of work, guaranteed to increase over time as they learn new skills
  • Hands-on career training in a wide variety of occupations and industries, such as health care, construction, information technology, transportation, energy, and advanced manufacturing
  • An education and the potential to earn college credit toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • A career, once the apprenticeship is complete, with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt
  • National industry certification upon graduation, recognized and accepted by industry partners across the United States

 

“Congratulations to Workforce Solutions of Central Texas for their commitment to providing participating Texas employers with an option and a well-trained talent pipeline that helps as a retention tool,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Work-based learning opportunities are essential for keeping Texas competitive and a great state to do business.”

 

Employers seeking information on building the core components of a Registered Apprenticeship training program should contact TWC at ApprenticeshipTexas@twc.state.tx.us or visit the Apprenticeship Texas website.

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Grant Sends Teachers to Work

Workforce Solutions Grant Sends Teachers to Work

Becoming a Certified Training Provider

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Belton – On June 25, 2019 Teachers from across Central Texas will be reporting to work but not in their classroom. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded Workforce Solutions of Central Texas the Externship for Teachers Grant in the amount of $41, 478.

The grant will provide 25 middle school and high school teachers from Central Texas with externship opportunities with local industry. Teachers will have the opportunity to gain insight from a different work environment that they can then incorporate into a lesson plan to share with students in the classroom.

 

Through the externship program, educators will be given an opportunity to shadow business and its operations for 3 days, followed by a curriculum planning day with other externship participants. Insights learned – on the job – will be incorporated into the teacher’s curriculum to provide students a better advantage in preparing for careers.

 

“The Externship Program gives local educators an opportunity to experience the “world of work” that they are preparing students for,” says Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. “It is an opportunity that provides educators with a real-world experience to help them understand the skills that students will need and creates an opportunity for the businesses to have input on the needs of their future workforce”.

Participating companies include:

  • AdventHealth Central Texas
  • Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
  • iZone Imaging
  • KCEN Television
  • Materials Transportation Company
  • McLane Technologies
  • PDI Software
  • Panel Specialists Incorporated
  • Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
  • Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
  • TRU Manufacturing

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas partners with local school districts within Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties to ensure students have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. The Summer Externship for Teachers Program is administered by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, under the Texas Workforce Commission, with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

Through the externship program, educators will be given an opportunity to shadow business and its operations for 3 days, followed by a curriculum planning day with other externship participants. Insights learned – on the job – will be incorporated into the teacher’s curriculum to provide students a better advantage in preparing for careers.

 

“The Externship Program gives local educators an opportunity to experience the “world of work” that they are preparing students for,” says Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. “It is an opportunity that provides educators with a real-world experience to help them understand the skills that students will need and creates an opportunity for the businesses to have input on the needs of their future workforce”.

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Board Awarded Funding for Career Outreach Pilot Program

WDB Awarded Funding for Career Outreach Pilot Program

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Awarded Funding for the SOAR Program
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Belton ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has recently awarded $790,010 in funding to the Central Texas Workforce Board for a new Workforce Career and Education Outreach Specialist Pilot Program.

The SOAR (Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition) program will provide career services to students at public middle and high schools, grades six through twelve, to direct students towards High Growth High Demand Occupations. Students will receive in-depth education and direction on career choices as well as access to the up-to-date labor market and career data.

 

“With this pilot program, the Texas Workforce Commission is actively working to ensure the next generation of Texans are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “This program is essential to providing Texas students with the necessary information required to make informed career choices.”

 

This program will support the achievement of Texas’ goals outlined in the November 2016 Tri-Agency Report. The funding establishes at least four full-time Workforce Specialists to travel within designated independent school districts in Central Texas to deliver career guidance and workforce information to students, including underrepresented populations such as youth in foster care. The program will use TWC resources to organize training workshops, expose students to a variety of career pathways and coordinate with local and state services to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

 

“Most of our future job growth will be in middle-skill occupations, yet many students and parents are largely unaware of these jobs and the education required to attain them. This pilot program provides early guidance to future generations of our workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Through this funding, the TWC ensures that every student in Central Texas has a viable career path after graduation.”

 

“By supporting our local workforce boards, this program ensures Texas remains a competitive place for businesses,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Through this funding, we are investing early in our future talent-pipeline and helping build a workforce that will continue to strengthen our Central Texas employers.”

 

Program participants will provide support to over 5 different independent school districts engaging approximately 13,000 students in its inaugural year. For more information on how the program can benefit your school district contact: Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at charleya@workforcelink.com.

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Local Industry Provides Equipment to Prepare Students for Careers.

Local Industry Provides Equipment to Prepare Students for Careers

The Texas Industry Partnership is a $1M program that allows the local workforce board to apply for funds, matched by local industry partners, on behalf of workforce-related projects.

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Temple ⎯ Panel Specialist Incorporated and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas have partnered to provide new advanced manufacturing equipment for the Temple Independent School District.

The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and will help to purchase equipment that addresses the training needs of the designated industry cluster of Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing. “When an industry gets involved with our educational institutions we see a real impact on students being career ready”, said Charley Ayres, Director of Industry/Education Partnerships for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.

 

The grant includes the purchase of the computer numerical control (CNC) machining tool and computer-aided design (CAD) software. The equipment purchased is made possible using a $15,000 TIP grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and leveraged matching funds of $15,000 from Panel Specialist Incorporated. The grant will benefit students in the Career and Technical Education Program.

“The partnership between Panel Specialists Incorporated and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas on this Texas Industry Partnership grant will benefit the students of Temple ISD and help develop a workforce pipeline for the community’s industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We continue to implement strategies that help young Texans be workplace ready”.

 

“Panel Specialists is committed to helping young people prepare for careers and become skilled workers. It is not just critical to the growth of our community it is critical to the economic health of our communities. Collaboration is key to economic growth, and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Panel Specialists Inc. are demonstrating how pooling resources can positively affect employment readiness,” said State Rep. Hugh Shine.

 

A check presentation ceremony occurred at the Temple ISD Administration Building, 401 Santa Fe Way on August 27, 10:30 am.

The Texas Industry Partnership is a $1 million program that allows the local workforce board to apply for funds, to be matched by local industry partners, on behalf of workforce-related projects. Ideally, the funds are used to create occupational job training programs that will improve the skill sets of individuals for jobs in six designated industry clusters: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, information technology, petroleum refining, and energy. Funding can be used but is not limited to curriculum, equipment, instructors and small building improvements.

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