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Workforce Development
Workforce E-Newsletter - July 2014

The North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division has created an electronic newsletter to keep private and public partners abreast on the latest workforce news affecting our state. This quarterly electronic newsletter is for Employers, Regional Education Associations and Economic Development Councils.
The Workforce e-newsletter will feature information such as 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.  It will provide readers with a stream of information as it relates back to their organization’s success in North Dakota, whether that is in engaging employees, recruitment methods, or use different programs offered by the State of North Dakota.
To sign up for this free electronic newsletter visit ndworkforce.com and sign up for e-news.  Simply check Workforce Development. 

Employer Highlight of the Quarter 

National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) utilizes the latest innovations in technology to design and build software and hardware solutions for more than 700 utility and telecommunication organizations worldwide.                                                           

NISC is an innovative company using unique recruitment methods. NISC participates in college/university career fairs, attends interactive expos targeted at high school students, offers internships and engages recruits with social media outlets such as LinkedIn and Facebook. 

They invest in their talent by providing performance appraisals twice per year, implementing an ongoing coaching philosophy, offering mentoring programs and developing a leadership program to increase the skills and knowledge of their future leaders. 

NISC engages their employees by allowing them to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events, encouraging them to participate in their various employee-led committees and giving them access to an IT learning curriculum.

Operation Intern Success Story

Intelligent Insites, is a leading edge, high tech, fast paced and exciting company transforming healthcare operations. “Operation Intern has allowed us to recruit, hire and train interns that can evolve into full-time roles within our company,” says Tom Schneider, Chief Administrative Officer, “Providing paid internships allows us to recruit the very best interns available.”

Operation Intern has proven to be very successful for Intelligent Insites:

  • Nearly 90% of the interns hired have become full-time employees.
  • Intelligent Insites has hired 15 interns through Operation Intern and 13 of them have become full-time team members.
  • Operation Intern works in unison with the ND colleges, which helps support employer recruitment efforts.
  • Intelligent Insites has been able to fill key internships in the areas of engineering, quality assurance, information technology, project management, and implementation/services..
Intelligent Insites structures their intern program in the following ways:
  • Give them real work – not useless tasks
  • Treat them like regular team members
  • Engage them and have a regular program
  • Invite them to company events
  • Let them know if they do well, they have a great chance for full-time employment
  • Extend internship terms much longer than most companies
  • Flexible scheduling – important for new generation
  • Offer advancement opportunities
  • Supplement more experienced team members with interns
Operation Intern provides funds to North Dakota employers for students attending a North Dakota high school, college or university. The program provides up to $3,000 in matching funds per student, per term for a maximum of $6,000 per student, and a maximum of $30,000 per employer in a biennium.

To learn more about the Operation Intern Program, visit www.OperationIntern.com or contact Jescia Sigh at 701.328.7268. 

Relocation Success Story 

Fred Woods was driving truck in Minnesota when he heard a radio advertisement about the abundance of employment opportunities North Dakota had to offer.  He reached out to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Relocation Program who provided vital resources to locating a job in ND.  Fred was offered a job with Maple River Leasing in Medora, and started working in early 2014. 

Non-financial assistance is available to individuals interested in relocating to North Dakota for work. The program provides out-of-state job seekers with a contact for questions about communities, housing, jobs and more. 

Now that Fred is in North Dakota, he is in the process of purchasing a home for his family to join him.  He has six adult children and anticipates they will follow him as well.

Woods said, “Wayde Sick with the Relocation Program was a big help with all of his knowledge. My new employers are the best and the pay is excellent.” To learn more about the Relocation Program, visit www.ExperienceND.com or contact Wayde Sick at 701.328.7264.

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Find the Good Life in North Dakota is a workforce recruitment campaign started by the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. It is a private/public sector funded program designed to help solve the greatest challenge facing our business community: workforce development, recruitment and retention. The goal is to raise $2.5 million which will fund a comprehensive two-year campaign that began May 2014.
The Foundation development directors are currently visiting with businesses across the state to gain their support for this effort. Companies or individuals wishing to make a donation to the Find a Good Life Campaign should contact:
Eastern ND - David Williamson, 651-485-8101
Western ND - Terry Fleck, 701-223-9768

The campaign uses a variety of traditional, digital and non-traditional marketing tactics to reach each of the target audiences identified for this campaign.

North Dakota Workforce Development Programs

  • Job Service North Dakota – With Job Service North Dakota, employers can post jobs, search resumes and receive applications, and access current labor market information, all online. Business services consultants meet personally with employers and assist in developing recruitment strategies that may include company-specific hiring events, labor market information and suggestions for creating effective job postings on the state’s primary job exchange website.
  • Operation Intern – A state funded program available to North Dakota employers for North Dakota students. The program provides up to $3,000 in matching funds per student, per term for a maximum of $6,000 per student, and a maximum of $30,000 per employer in a biennium. 

  • Apprenticeship  – Registered Apprenticeship is a structured training program combining paid on-the-job training with related technical instruction in a highly skilled occupation. It is used for both non-union and union career opportunities. 

  • Workforce 20/20 – Provides matching funds to employers to offset cost of training North Dakota incumbent workers and new employees. Focus is on production, manufacturing – new methods or technology.

  • North Dakota New Jobs Training – Provides incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new jobs. The program provides a means for businesses to obtain no-cost funding to offset workforce related cost associated with startup and training of new employees.

  • TrainND – State supported program for the four designated training institutions of higher education (Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science, Bismarck State College and Williston State College). Provides comprehensive, customized worker training to meet employer-defined needs. Designed to help North Dakota’s employers maximize productivity and excel in global competition. 

North Dakota Department of Commerce
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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Experience ND
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