2~Workforce Development
Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 9.2016
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.

Employer Spotlight: Steffes

steffes.pngSteffes is a diverse manufacturing company that is headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota, and has an additional two facilities in Grand Forks. They’ve been in business over 40 years and are expanding their presence into Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma.

Steffes has programs to attract talent and develop internal talent. These include: formal internship programs, employee referral bonuses, internal career development and strong talent management practices. Steffes ties these areas together for full-cycle talent management. 

“Internal talent development is critical to maximizing the capabilities and potential of our existing staff” says Uma Hoffmann, HR Manager. “This creates meaningful career development opportunities for employees who are passionate about learning and growing in the organization. This is a win-win for everyone!”

Steffes is dedicated to ensuring that all employees are empowered to make a difference in the organization. The opportunities at Steffes are endless and job satisfaction isn’t the only benefit offered to employees. Steffes employees also receive substantial benefits, rewards, and other programs that provide a positive experience to learn and develop a lifelong career.

For more information, visit Steffes.com.

Greater ND Chamber’s Dream It. DO IT. Campaign

In the fall of 2015, the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) launched Dream It. DO IT. North Dakota.dreamitdoit.jpg The campaign is an opportunity for schools, families and the general public to collaborate and to introduce North Dakota youth – our future workforce – to manufacturing in a fun, interactive format. Although industry specific, Dream It. DO IT. concepts, recruitment methods and tips to engage newly hired employees could be used by other industries.

Dream It. DO IT.’s success can be attributed to career awareness through interactive engagement that works to change the perception of manufacturing. The grassroots program, although very new to North Dakota, has seen much success in the Southwest region of the state. #DiDiND ambassadors comprised of early career individuals from Baker Boy, Steffes, Fisher Industries, and Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, lead the way along with the assistance of a retired instructor, who helps engage students throughout the region sharing their personal education and career successes in the classroom.

For more information on GNDC visit NDChamber.com or contact Heidi Ripplinger.

On-the-Job Training – A Workforce Development Strategy

jobservicelogo.jpgJob Service North Dakota has funds to help defray the training costs of hiring young adults, not attending school, between the ages of 18-24.

Hiring young adults can present opportunities for you to train employees in the skills you need to meet your business needs. Employers receive a 50% reimbursement of wages for up to six months.  
Whether you need an entry level position filled or a recent graduate, On-the-Job Training might be a tool to help you fill your positions.

If you interview a young adult (18-24) who lacks the skills for your job opening, yet you may be willing to train while receiving financial help with the job training costs, contact your nearest Job Service North Dakota office to see if On-the-Job training will work for you.    

All On-the-Job contracts must be approved before the first day of work. 

2016 Governor's Workforce & HR Conference

September 20-22, 2016 | Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Event CenterNDDOC_HRConference2016_500x50001.jpg

Join us at the 2016 Governor’s Workforce & HR Conference at the Bismarck Event Center.

Registration is open at NDWorkforceandHR.com

Why Attend This Conference?
  • Learn from your peers and presenters on hot topics critical to enhancing today's workforce opportunities and engaging your workforce in new ways;
  • Develop your influence and knowledge base on topics such as remote workers, internships and cooperative work experiences, innovation in the workplace, social media, hiring veterans and company culture; and
  • Connect with over 500 HR professionals and industry leaders from across the state and around the region.
Those looking for continuing education credits for their HR Certification will be able to obtain 15 credits. This events is a collaborative effort of Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Veteran Hiring Resources

Transitioning military personnel and veterans will find endless opportunities in North Dakota. As an employer you may not be aware of the resources available and where to begin searching for them. The Department of Commerce’s pageEmployer Information for Military Service is a compiled list of valuable resources for employers as they recruit, hire, train, and retain military service members.

The resources on the page includes:
  • Job Service of North Dakota:  Job Service has a veteran team in place to assist in finding civilian opportunities. In addition, their business staff will help you with arrangements for individual job fairs or multi-employer job fairs.
  • Transition Centers:  The Minot and Grand Forks Air Forces Bases have transition centers that can be a source in connecting employers with service members that are leaving the military.
  • Employer Toolkits:  America’s Heroes at Work, The Veterans Employment Toolkit for Employers, and the Walt Disney Company Veterans Institute have information on recruiting, hiring, and providing accommodations to former military personnel.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment & Training Service:  Hire a Veteran has information on finding qualified Veterans, Employer Toolkit, Apprenticeship, policy and compliance, and strengthening military families. Uniformed Service and Reemployment Rights (USERRA) was enacted to protect the reservists’ jobs while they are serving our country. Federal Veterans Preference Information spells out which time periods and military campaigns fall under the law which gives preference to Veterans that are disabled or served on active duty.
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR):  Employers can use these tips and resources to build relationships between the guard member or reservist.
  • Federal Tax Benefits for Hiring Veterans:  By hiring veterans, National Guard members, and reservists, employers may eligible for federal tax credits.
Check out ExperienceND.com/Military for additional resources from the job seekers’ point of view.

AmeriCorps Opportunities

0americorps.jpgAmeriCorps is a program of the U.S. federal government engaging adults in intensive community service work with the goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in our communities." For those interested in volunteering for AmeriCorps, there are many benefits:
  • Opportunity to give back to the community
  • A monthly living allowance and upon completion of service receive
  • A Segal education award to help pay for college or student loans
The North Dakota Projects are education focused from mentoring at-risk youth, homework assistance, literacy tutors working with kindergarten through 3rd grade, and working with children in healthy living and fitness activities.
Community Service AmeriCorps opportunities available at these organizations:

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