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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 3.2017
Workforce Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division that informs partners about the latest workforce news.
Use this as a resource for tips on how to recruit talent for your business, ways to engage newly hired employees, and success stories from companies who have used state programs to achieve a goal. The Workforce Leadership Team has developed a resource to lessen any possible confusion on various state and federal workforce development programs in North Dakota.

Learn more at Available Workforce Projects/Programs.

AE2S: Recruiting Legacy Builders

AE2S.pngLeaders in today’s organization are aware of the differences across the various generations within our workforce. At AE2S, the culture and a commitment to succeed strengthens the current employees, the future leaders of the organization. They share a collective desire to serve others and leave a lasting legacy for the next generation. There is a giving spirit inside and AE2S encourages employees to Think Big, Go Beyond in all that they do. 
To recruit future legacy builders, AE2S seeks out client-driven professionals who desire to work on challenging projects, crave innovative problem solving, and dedicate themselves to building genuine relationships. Here are some recruiting philosophies that work for their company:
  • Birds of a Feather Flock Together:  Their best source for recruitment of experienced-level hires has been through the relationships and professional connections current employees naturally maintain. 
  • Good Stewards:  They don’t simply complete project work; they have a vested interest in the regions they do business in because they are working alongside friends and neighbors.   
  • Build It and They Will Come:  Instilling a passion for STEM-related fields is a natural extension of our community involvement.  Encouraging elementary and high school students to seek out STEM-related careers by engaging them with hands-on, creative demonstrations is not only educational, but employees truly enjoy spending time with students, talking about their career field, in hopes of inspiring tomorrow’s legacy builders. 
  • Remember Where You Came From:  Whether an employee is fresh out of college or seasoned, maintaining strong ties to universities provides a win-win for AE2S.. College recruitment, including career fair participation and professor relations, allows alignment with budding professionals in a mentor-like fashion while supporting and presenting at on-campus student groups brings real-life experience to the classroom and top-notch interns to the workforce.
AE2S provides peace of mind to its employees through a family-friendly atmosphere, best-in-class family health insurance covered 100% by the company, profit sharing, and significant opportunities to grow and advance.

More details on AE2S

Apprenticeship Accelerator Initiative

The Department of Commerce has partnered with Job Service North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and the North Dakota Apprenticeship Office to expand the use of Registered Apprenticeships as a workforce development resource in North Dakota. This spring and summer, Commerce will be hosting Employer Convenings around the state to educate employers and other stakeholders on the value of Registered Apprenticeships and how to implement programs. The focus of the initiative will be industries that traditionally do not utilize Registered Apprenticeships in North Dakota, including Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare and Information Technology. These industries use Registered Apprenticeships in other parts of the country and world, so they have a proven track record for success.

For regular information as it become available, provide your contact information here

Save the Date for this Year’s Governor’s Workforce & HR Conference

NDDOCHRConf500x500DigAdProduction.jpgSeptember 20 - 22
Holiday Inn, Fargo
One-Day Exhibitor Showcase on September 21

We are excited to have our keynotes and agenda secure for this year’s event. We are accepting sponsors and exhibitors now with attendee registration opening in July. Plan to be there!

Preview of a keynote:
Talent Anarchy:
Un-Management: Confronting the Inconvenient Truth about Innovation

Your organization is probably talking about innovation. You may even be investing in programs and initiatives with the aim to create more innovation. There is no doubt regarding its importance. Innovation is survival. But, is it actually happening?
In this provocative keynote, you will gain a deeper understanding of innovation and discover many common misconceptions about how it works. You will confront the inconvenient truth that much of modern management practice is anti-innovation and that innovation begins with culture. You will learn that leading successfully in an environment of constant change that demands innovation requires new thinking and a different approach.

For more information on all of our keynotes or on the conference, check out NDWorkforceandHR.com. Sponsorships and Exhibitor registration is now open if you’d like to showcase your business and services. 

Want to Employ More Veterans? Get Expert Advice from a Nationally Recognized Team

Job Service North Dakota’s Veterans Employment team is nationally recognized for their support and jobservicelogo.jpginvolvement with the local Veteran community. The team has received a variety of national awards which include: the prestigious Mark Sanders Award from the National Association of State ­Workforce Agencies; the Disabled American Veterans’ (DAV) Employment Service Award; and the American Legion’s National Economic Commission’s Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists of the Year. Additionally, North Dakota consistently places in the top five percent nationally of Veterans entering the workforce.

One of the best ways the team can assist Veterans is by working with North Dakota businesses. Team members often contact local employers to find job opportunities that match a Veteran’s skill set. These discussions on employment opportunities have ranged from “I was just about to advertise a position that would be a perfect fit; send him or her over for an interview as soon as you can” to “I want to hire him or her immediately.”

The relationships between the JSND Veterans Team and North Dakota businesses play an integral role in ensuring that Veterans find meaningful employment. Begin building a relationship today by speaking with a Veteran expert. Local Veterans’ Employment Team Members can be found at JobsND.com in the Contact us section. 

Is An AmeriCorps Grant Right For Your Organization?

0americorps.jpgWhat is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps, in that it provides citizens the opportunity to engage in full- or part-time service to their community. AmeriCorps programs are committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members. After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or to repay qualified student loans.

What is an AmeriCorps member?

An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in intensive service to address pressing community problems. AmeriCorps members serve through nonprofits, public agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian Tribes, and faith-based organizations to tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters, among other activities.

Who is eligible to apply for an AmeriCorps grant?

AmeriCorps funds can be awarded to nonprofit organizations, state and local units of government, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes.

North Dakota To Celebrate National AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11

To learn more about the North Dakota AmeriCorps Funding visit AmeriCorpsND.com or call Ryan Volk 701-328-6048.

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