JobBRIEF: March Vol.4 Issue 3
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Workforce Centers Simplify Hiring Events for Employers

As the local economy improves, employers are simplifying recruitment and reducing employment
costs by using Workforce Solutions Employment Solutions. Utilizing Workforce Center offices and
classrooms for hiring events continues to be one of the most popular services for local employers
in Southeast Texas.

Employers take advantage of the space available at the Centers to accommodate large numbers
of job seekers. Workforce Center facilities have computer banks and labs available; applicants are
able to use these computers to complete electronic applications.

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Employer Survey Points to Growth and Skills Needs

With the advent of strategic workforce planning for 2013 through 2018, Southeast Texas asked local
employers and businesses to participate in a workforce development survey. The eight question
survey sought to identify local industry concentrations, workforce and business growth projections,
in addition to skills identification and workforce educational needs from the employers’ perspective.

Myrna Harris, business solutions consultant, gathered the information and provides the following
survey highlights:

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 2013 Summer Youth:  “Get Your JOB ON!”

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas has begun its outreach to employers and businesses to
support summer work experiences for local youth, ages 16 through 21. According to Marilyn Smith,
the Board’s executive director, “We want our youth to experience a real work environment with the
goal of developing workplace readiness skills. It is critical that they understand the importance of
being on time and completing tasks.”

The PowerZone’s Youth Services are located in each Workforce Center and offer opportunities to
discover more about educational excellence, career prep and planning, and work experience
and employment.

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Name just about any major community or business development project in South Jefferson County in the last 20 years and it’s likely that Verna Rutherford was there...

The outlook for job seekers continues to improve across the state and in Southeast Texas according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission last Friday

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