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Newly designed workshops just for business! 

Tune Your Talent! 
IowaWORKS of Southern Hills in Creston is pleased to announce a new series of customizable workshops specifically for your businesses greatest needs designed for your greatest assets--your employees.  We can bring these to your work site, or let us handle the location.   Topics include time management, team building, personality differences, generational conflicts and customer service.  Topics for lead personnel, supervisors and managers include effective employee evaluations, supervisory boot camp and interviewing.  If you don't see a topic that suits your needs, please call us at 641-782-2119 extension 3 and we would be glad to assist.

Employer's Council of Iowa LogoEmployers' Council of Iowa  (ECI)  Iowa Workforce Development is looking for employers to work in partnership together to meet workforce needs.  ECI's mission is to support the efforts of local employer committees to advise Iowa Workforce Development, legislators, and other officials concerning its products, services and policies that affect employers: as well as provide opportunities for employers to exchange information and develop education programs for employers.

Meetings often include training sessions that are planned months in advanced, and include guest speakers and seminars of interest to local employers and human resource professionals.  Regular meeting topics address labor market information, unemployment insurance from the employers' point of view and independent contractor misclassification.

Grow your business with Employers' Council of Iowa and other 2015 Events (Topics and dates are subject to change-dates will be updated as scheduled upon the availability of speakers).

Creston Basic Training - This workshop is for HR Professionals, Business Owners, Managers, and Supervisors.  Do you know the resources that can help you in your search for quality employees and can help you after you hire an employee who serves in the Guard or Reserves?

Re-invent Your Workforce - In Iowa the skills gap continues to widen, youth are interested in degree paths for jobs not available where they live and businesses continue to underuse the resources available to them to solve their own workforce challenges….including working together to make change!

To RSVP, email or call direct to 641-782-2119 ext 20.

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Recruiting - IWD staff seeks to match job seekers against the employment needs of prospective employers, and to make appropriate referrals. No fees are charged. Jobs listed with IWD are posted on several Internet sites: IowaJobs, Iowa Workforce Development's Skill Center and America’s Career InfoNet.

The Employer’s Resource Library - A variety of human resource management books are available on loan at your Creston Iowa Workforce Development Center.  Books are available on loan for four weeks at no fee.

Outreach - Region 14 has a regional Business Services Representatives 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.

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

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 persons with disabilities or persons with low incomes.

Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms & Publications.
A number of commonly required or requested forms are available online. 

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.

Conference Rooms Available - Want to interview or test prospective applicants away from your office? IWD offers meeting rooms and a separate office to employers for job interviews (when available, reservations recommended) 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 a closing or restructuring, IWD staff and its partners are ready to help employees make the transition to other employment. Laid-off workers are provided access to services, including financial support and training.

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

Veterans Services—The Veterans Career Consultant  can assist you with all levels of staffing needs through the use of a statewide database. The consultant can also provide information concerning employment rules and regulations pertaining to veterans.

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a national, portable, foundation works skills certification designed and maintained by ACT, Inc.  Iowa has adopted this credentialing system, creating an opportunity for individuals to obtain an applied skills certificate through several  community colleges and Iowa Workforce Centers. 

The certificate was created to give employers a clear, standardized tool to assess the skill level of potential employees assuring job applicants actually have the basic work skills they seek.  Not only will it assist employers in recruiting new employees, it can also aid in discovering training needs, and/or to promote incumbent workers based on a series of three assessments that make up the NCRC.  The three assessments are Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Mathematics.  These three foundation skills are critical in over 90 percent of all occupations.   this credential is noted as an essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging occupations. 

This credential is noted as an essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging occupations.  ACT has profiled over 16,000 different occupations and determined the level of the three foundational skill for each occupation that share the same identification number as outlined in the O*Net (Occupational Information Network) Database.  The levels associated with the completed certificates and occupations are Level 3-Bronze, Level 4-Silver, Level 5-gold and Level 6-Platinum.

Individuals wanting more information on Iowa's National Career Readiness Certificate, and information on how to get one, please call our Skills Development Team at 641-782-2119 extension 512.

Employers interested in learning more information call 641-782-2119 and ask to speak to our Recruitment and Placement team. 

Interview Stream-A New Tool for Employers (at no additional cost!)
We are happy to introduce a new business service to our region!  You can now use Interview Stream if you choose.  This software allows a business to select interview questions and send to applicants electronically.  The applicant then records their answers via webcam and submits them to you.  You may also use this software when you are completing an initial interview.  Please click on the link below to see a sample.  This is a no-cost service to businesses and applicants.  We are using it for 1 year and will decide to continue based on usage from business and job seekers.  If you are interested, please contact us at 641-782-2119 extension 3 for more details.  Call to set up a time for a demonstration. 


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