TALENT SOLUTIONS TEAM
Our Talent Solutions Team is a collaborative network of organizations that support business growth. We provide a consistent level of information and service delivery to help your company grow or stay competitive. This cohesive response to meet employer needs supports the “no wrong door” approach. Whenever you contact any of our team partners, that individual or organization will either provide you with assistance or with a referral to another partner better able to serve your needs.
The Resource Access Network for Employers (RANE) is a networking group with the mission of increasing awareness of regional workforce development resources and enhancing partnerships between workforce development professionals and the business community. RANE meetings are held quarterly and are hosted by area businesses and/or community organizations. Meetings include educational/professional development seminars and provide attendees with the opportunity to develop contacts, gain enhanced visibility for their organization, discuss general workforce needs, and stay abreast of regional labor market trends and current workforce development initiatives. To join RANE, please email Nate Mahanes below.
Employer Success Stories
One evening I received a phone call from one of my agricultural employers. He wanted to know if I would assist him with translating to his employee from English to Spanish in a matter concerning the proper pesticide to apply to his crop. The translation took place over the phone. A follow-up later in the week confirmed that the employer was satisfied. I’ve let the more than 100 employers I serve know that I am available to them in the evenings and on the weekends to respond to whatever their needs are. The call in this story came in on a Saturday night. The decision in which pesticide treatment can be costly if the wrong one is applied. I want employers to be able to ACCESS real time assistance to help their businesses grow.
We got a call on a Friday, that Banker Steel wanted to host a job fair next week. The challenge was it needed to be after the center hours. We were constricted on the ability to offer overtime. However, at a morning staff meeting I asked for volunteers to flex their time and come later in the day. Surprisingly all our staff volunteered to stay late. The job fair was a success and Banker Steel was able to find qualified candidates to fill their positions.
When Genworth announced a restructuring with over 200 employees being laid off in 2016, there was much concern. Fortunately, other financial services businesses were interested in expanding into the Lynchburg region but the challenge was developing the right financial package to attract the best businesses. While unfortunate to be losing employment, the employees being laid off qualified for retraining funds through WIOA. I was able to work with the economic developers on a proposal that would leverage potential WIOA funds for dislocated workers to defray some training costs for the new business to relocate. A relatively small amount of appropriately used WIOA funds were used to secure over 200 new jobs for one locality and over 300 jobs for a second locality.