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.
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.
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
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).
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?
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
Wendy.Greenman@iwd.iowa.gov or call direct to 641-782-2119 ext
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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
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.
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
commonly required or requested forms are
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.
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
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
Employers interested in learning more information
call 641-782-2119 and ask to speak to our Recruitment and Placement
Interview Stream-A New Tool for
Employers (at no additional cost!)
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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