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Man reading newspaperIowa Workforce Development has developed a Business Directory listing for our business customers that allows business websites to link directly to the IWD website and in turn, give thousands of customers access and exposure to business information! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local Iowa Workforce Development Office.

The Spencer IowaWorks office is open from  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The phone number is (712) 262-1971.

 Two ways to file claims for unemployment insurance are available. Customers using Iowa Workforce Development computers can use the  "Intranet" application in our offices. Just tell a staff member that you have keyboarding skills and would like to enter your own claim for benefits. An "Internet" application is available on any personal computer with an Internet connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Virtual Access Points

Besides the regional Iowa Workforce Development office in Spencer, our region has several "Virtual Access Points" located in the ten counties throughout our region.  These access points  provide customers access to job listings, unemployment information and access to IWD web-based applications.  Customers are able to register for IWD services, search for jobs, and file for Unemployment Insurance benefits from these locations. 

For more information, contact your Spencer Iowa Workforce Development Office.

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions that have been asked most frequently of Iowa Workforce Development staff are now available online.  Questions are listed in over 20 different topics.  Just click here.

Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification Available to Employers

Iowa Workforce Development is offering the Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification (OPAC) System to assist area businesses in screening job applicants.  The OPAC System is a suite of PC-based tests that measure abilities in specific applications using a "live software" approach, including MS Word®, MS Excel®, MS PowerPoint, MS Access®, Lotus 1-2-3, and WordPerfect®.  It also offers general clerical tests, such a keyboarding, 10-key, data entry, filing and proofreading.  In addition, OPAC includes financial tests for bank reconciliation, deposits, petty cash, and basic math skills. 

Best of all the OPAC System is provided at no charge to area businesses.  If your company is interested in using the OPAC System to assess job applicant's skills, please call your local Iowa Workforce Development office.

Lakes Area Employers' Council meetings & seminars:

The Lakes Area Employers’ Council (ECI), the Kossuth County ECI,  will be meeting jointly in Spencer on March 18, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) 520 2nd Ave. East, Suite 1 (Old R.R. Donnelley Building) in               
Spencer, Iowa .  Chief Deputy Brad  A. Hawley, Clay County Sheriff’s Office will speak on "
Protecting Yourself and Your Staff Against Work Place Violence".  The session will cover the following:

· Learn the warning signs of work place violence

· Violence at home and its impact on the  work place

· Learn how to diffuse potentially violent situations with a proactive plan

· Keep emergency contacts handy and emergency procedures handy

· Questions and Answers

For more information or to pre-register, call Bob Becker at (712) 262-1971 x 126 or e-mail him at Robert.Becker@iwd.iowa.gov

Kossuth County Employers' Council meetings & seminars:

The Kossuth County ECI and Lakes Area Employers’ Council (ECI) will be meeting jointly in Spencer on March 18, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) 520 2nd Ave. East, Suite 1 (Old R.R. Donnelley Building) in               
Spencer, Iowa .  Chief Deputy Brad  A. Hawley, Clay County Sheriff’s Office will speak on "
Protecting Yourself and Your Staff Against Work Place Violence".  The session will cover the following:

· Learn the warning signs of work place violence

· Violence at home and its impact on the  work place

· Learn how to diffuse potentially violent situations with a proactive plan

· Keep emergency contacts handy and emergency procedures handy

· Questions and Answers

All businesses and employers are invited to attend. Schedule is subject to change.   Please pre-register for all meetings with Paula Seely,  515-295-4602, or e-mail at  seelyp@mercyhealth.com

Storm Lake Employers' Council (ECI) Meetings:

The Storm Lake Employers’ Council of  Iowa will host Mark Prosser, Public Safety Director of Storm Lake.  Mark has an extensive background in law enforcement and the public service field.   This meeting will take place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on February 4, 2015 at the Area Education Agency, 824 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake, Iowa.  The following topics will be covered:  

  • The importance of knowing and updating crisis protocols

  • First responder response to workplace violence and an active shooter

  • Considerations when planning for violent crime in your business

  • Issues of workplace violence

There is no charge for this meeting. 

For more information or to pre-register, call Shari Goertz at (712) 262-1971 x 149 or e-mail her at Shari.Goertz@iwd.iowa.gov

Upper Northwest Iowa Employers' Council (ECI) Meetings:

The Upper Northwest Iowa Employers’ Council held a Home Base Iowa informational program at Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  Kathy Anderson of the Iowa Economic Development Authority spoke regarding Home Base Iowa and its goal to help Iowa veterans find jobs and encourage veterans from other states to relocate to Iowa.

For information about Upper Northwest Iowa Employers' Council, contact Ann Conner at (712) 262-1971 ext. 125 or e-mail her at Elizabeth.Conner@iwd.iowa.gov.

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