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Iowa Workforce Development Centers (IWD) are much more than just an unemployment office. The mission of Iowa Workforce Development is to provide quality, customer-driven services that support prosperity, productivity, health and safety for Iowans.

IowaWorks is Iowa Workforce Development's one-stop resource for Iowa businesses to find workforce information and solutions. Businesses can use this site to:  list your jobs online at no cost, find the average wage paid for Iowa occupations, print posters required for Iowa workplaces, learn about regulatory information, get information for employers and service members activated and deployed, and view stock market results.

Services for employers in Region 13's seven-county area (Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Page) include:

·        Recruiting - IWD staff seek to match job seekers against the employment needs of prospective employers, and make appropriate referrals. No fees are charged. Jobs listed with IWD are posted in local offices, and on several Internet sites: Iowa Jobs and US.jobs.

·       Outreach - Region 13 now has a regional account executive to provide area employers assistance with recruitment needs, coordination of large-scale recruitment, such as career and employment fairs, and marketing of IWD products and services. 

·        Career and Employment Fairs - Annual career and employment fairs are held in Region 13, offering employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact at a single location. 

·       Testing Services - Planning on hiring a new secretary who must be able to type 65 words per minute? Workforce Development Center staff can administer – at no charge to the employer or job seeker – proficiency tests for typing, 10- key and spelling.

·       Reverse Referrals - This service directs all interested job seekers to apply for openings at the IWD offices, freeing the employer’s time for other tasks.

·        Work Keys™™ - A system developed by American College Testing (ACT) for documenting and improving work place skills. Work Keys™ is implemented in three steps: Job Profiling, Assessments, and Training Targets. Work Keys™ allows employers to screen employees with needed skills, determine training needs of entry level and current employees, and provide schools with information on how to prepare students for the workplace.

·        Tax Credits™ - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WtWTC) offers employers federal income tax credit if they hire persons from certain qualified groups, such as low income or disabled. 

·        Labor Market Information - Current labor market information is available on various economic trends and occupations, including data on prevailing wage rates and projected job outlooks. 

·        Free Space - Want to interview or test prospective applicants away from your office? Region 13 Workforce Development Center offices offer free meeting rooms to employers for job interviews (when available) and Resource Center space for employers to display and distribute job information.

·        Work Permits - IWD staff authorizes work permits and certificates of age for young people seeking to enter the job market. 

·        Business Closings/Downsizing - Should your business experience closing or restructuring, Workforce Development Center staff and their partners are ready to help employees make the transition to other employment. Laid-off workers are provided access to services, sometimes including financial support and training.

·        Consulting Services - There are IWD staff members available in Region 13 who can provide low cost consulting and training to assist businesses in maintaining compliance with the laws governing employment and the workforce.  Employers may obtain consultation on OSHA, workers' compensation, hiring practices, unemployment insurance and labor market information.

·        Tax Liability Information - An IWD tax liability specialist is housed in Council Bluffs to work with new and existing employer accounts. Call Bill Walton at (712) 242-2120, Monday through Friday, or Des Moines toll-free at 1 (800) 972-2024.

·        Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms and Publications - A number of commonly required or requested forms are available on-line.

·         School to Work - School-to-Work Student Resources links young people with career exploration activities.

·         Veterans Services - Our Veterans Services Representative can assist you with all levels of staffing needs through use of a statewide database. He can also provide information concerning employment rules and regulations pertaining to veterans.
 

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