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JobsNow Workforce Initiative

The Issue: Demand for Skilled Labor vs. Supply of Workforce Ready Employees
The JobsNow Workforce Initiative was created to help close the gap between the demand for skilled labor and the supply of workforce-ready employees in the Valley. Skilled employees are needed to meet the growing demand for manufacturing, communications and energy jobs in the region.

The Goal: Connect Qualified Workers to Employers
JobsNow will create and establish a one-stop service to promote available jobs, provide workforce data to local educators in order to encourage occupations where there is a predicted shortfall and assess candidates for job fit and readiness.

  1. Publicize available jobs: Partner and local CBS-affiliate WKBN will promote in-demand jobs and openings on news telecasts on a weekly basis. Designed to reach a wide range of the employable population, the segments will make the public aware of current job opportunities and prompt them to contact OhioMeansJobs to apply and seek additional information.
  2. Prepare the future workforce: The JobsNow initiative is also designed to provide the local educational system, including colleges, career and technical centers and skilled training programs, with real data on the current and future demands of each career field in order to update respective course offerings and degrees to satisfy the workforce needs.
  3. Connect qualified workers to employers: Drug testing and criminal background screenings will be available for applicants at no cost to the employer once funding is secured through the Regional Chamber. This process will ensure eligibility of potential employees and allow employers to efficiently and effectively proceed to workplace training efforts.