S.J. County re­ceives $995K grant to re­train un­em­ployed work­ers

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

The San Joaquin County Em­ploy­ment and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment and San Joaquin WorkNet on Thurs­day an­nounced that it had re­ceived $995,810 from the Cal­i­for­nia Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment through the 2018 Trade and Eco­nomic Tran­si­tion Na­tional Dis­lo­cated Worker Grant.

Ac­cord­ing to a Thurs­day press re­lease from WorkNet, the funds will be used to help 150 un­em­ployed work­ers in the county who lost jobs in in­dus­tries such as re­tail, man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­nol­ogy due to au­toma­tion or chang­ing skill de­mands.

Ser­vices funded by the grant will in­clude ca­reer coun­sel­ing, skill as­sess­ment, job train­ing and paid on-the­job train­ing.

“There’s a menu of providers in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity col­lege and pri­vate sec­tor agen­cies that pro­vide train­ing,” John So­lis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of WorkNet said. “We’re fo­cus­ing on the skill sets that they al­ready have.”

In­dus­tries in the county look­ing to hire skilled em­ploy­ees in­clude ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion, en­ergy, health care, trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics, the press re­lease said.

For par­tic­i­pants who are hired im­me­di­ately, So­lis said that WorkNet will pro­vide them uni­forms, equip­ment and help them get trans­porta­tion or child­care ser­vices if they need them.

“Those in­di­vid­u­als who can’t find jobs right away, we do an as­sess­ment of their skill sets and their in­ter­ests to help them find the jobs that they’re best suited for,” So­lis said.

Af­ter the as­sess­ment, So­lis said that clients might be placed in pre-ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams for trades such as con­struc­tion, train­ing at San Joaquin Delta Col­lege for ca­reers such as en­gi­neer­ing or even pain on-the-job train­ing, for which WorkNet would re­im­burse em­ploy­ers up to 50 per­cent for up to six months.

WorkNet al­ready has the fund­ing to help clients find jobs or train­ing, So­lis said, and is ready to be­gin im­me­di­ately.

“Find­ing a job is a job,” So­lis said. “The longer they wait, the harder it is to get a job but if they’re com­mit­ted to com­ing in on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, they’ll get a job sooner rather than later.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 209-468-3500.

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