Photo (L to R): Lana Brown, Futures Unlimited & Workforce Board member; Allyson Saxton, Livingston Workforce Services Coordinator; Ladonna Russell, Workforce Board Executive Director; Sandy Erschen, Manpower Marketing Manager; Melissa DuVall, Manpower Senior Recruiter; and Jennifer Hardin Manpower Recruiter.
The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board would like to recognize Manpower – Pontiac, IL branch with the 2020 Business Leadership Award. This award recognizes a private sector company that has demonstrated leadership in the areas of workforce services and economic development and collaborated with Workforce Services/Workforce Board during the 2020 fiscal year.
Manpower is being recognized in this category due to their countless and continued efforts in workforce development. Sandy Erschen, Manpower Market Manager, has been a valuable Workforce Board member since 2000. She is the chair of the Program Operations Committee, member of Executive Committee, and Workforce Board member. “Ms. Erschen is a strong advocate for workforce development. Manpower is a community partner and continues to focus on creating the talent pipeline of the future as well as their current workforce “, said Ladonna Russell, Workforce Board Executive Director.
Manpower - Pontiac, IL branch has participated in the Livingston County 8th grade career fair, participates in the Graduate & Get Paid program, participated in the Livingston County Manufacturing Tour for local educators, and participates in the yearly Livingston Workforce Services job fair. In addition, Manpower partners with the local Livingston Workforce Services office to ensure employers have the skilled workforce it needs to be successful.
Lastly, Manpower – Pontiac, IL location offers its Manpower employees the ability to take free skills training and even the opportunity to take free GED program. The opportunity to be employed by Manpower and continue upgrading an individual’s skills through the different Manpower programs is an asset to workforce development.
The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board oversees and sets policy for workforce development and training programs for Grundy, Livingston and Kankakee Counties. The Workforce Board is comprised of a variety of private and public sector members representing industries from across the three-county area, as well as public sector and social service agencies involved in workforce development. For more information about Manpower or the local workforce program, please visit the www.manpowergroupusa.com/manpower/locations/Pontiac or Livingston Workforce Services website at www.livingstonworkforceservices.com.
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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.