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Livingston County Educators Tour of Employers’ Job Opportunities
Pontiac, IL – Livingston Workforce Services hosted an Educator Employer Tour on November 14. The intent of the tour was to provide area high school guidance counselors and administrators a first-hand experience of operations at employers within Livingston County. These school representatives are then able to share with students, information on local employers and local job opportunities available following high school graduation and beyond.
Livingston Workforce Services collaborated with OSF HealthCare, Caterpillar Inc., Enbridge Inc., and Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) to host a tour and presentation of job opportunities at each facility. Overall, the school representatives found the employer tours to be helpful as they work with students to determine what they want to do after graduation. Lunch was provided by the Livingston Area Career Center Culinary Arts program and sponsored by the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council. Transportation was provided by the City of Pontiac Jolly Trolley.
For more information, contact Livingston Workforce Services at 309-268-8280.
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Cut the Cost of Employee Training
Livingston Workforce Services and the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board have training funds available to help area businesses retain their workforce and remain competitive in their industry. The funding provides employers with a means of working with current and future employees who need to improve their skills.
HR Magazine reports companies that invest $1,500 in training per employee can see an average of 24 percent more profit than companies that invest less. With the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program, businesses can be reimbursed 50% or more of the costs of training during the IWT period based upon the size of their company. The IWT program helps businesses develop and implement training programs for current employees who need new or upgraded skills in order to retain employment. On-The-Job Training (OJT) is a “hire first” program that provides employers with a way to have new employees gain specific skills and employment competencies. With OJT, businesses can be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employee's wages during the OJT training period, which is not to exceed 6 months.
For businesses not interested in hiring, but are willing to provide short-term training to improve an individual’s employability, Livingston Workforce Services facilitates a Work Experience program. This “internship” program promotes the development of good work habits and basic work skills for individuals with limited work experience. The business provides the workload and supervision while, Livingston Workforce Services covers wages, taxes, and workers’ compensation insurance. Businesses are under no obligation to hire individuals following the end of the internship.
Businesses and individuals must meet certain criteria for these programs. For more information on the On-The-Job Training or Work Experience programs, contact the Livingston Workforce Services office at 309-268-8280. For more information on the Incumbent Worker Training program, contact Ladonna Russell, Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board Executive Director, at 815-935-0074.