News Articles from May 2010
Satisfied Customer Found Focus in Job Search
Lancaster: Here's a testimony from a satisfied customer..."I want to tell you though that the Ready2Work program was a benefit for me. When my job ended so abrubtly I just couldn't think and I needed the focus on myself that the Ready2Work program offered. It taught me to look deep into myself and figure out what am I good at, what can I actually contribute, what have I accomplished in the past and how do I sell myself into a new position. The focus the program offered me was a true benefit especially when so many other applicants are applying and interviewing for the same positions I was.
The benefit of a strong resume was extremely helpful and at one time I thought I knew how to put it together to make it appeal to perspective employeers. I wasn't even close. Your program gave me the skills I needed to be able to understand how and to actually put together a solid resume, cover letter and the follow up thank you letter. Although I can't take advantage of some of the other opportunities Career Link has to offer right now maybe in the future when I settle into this position I may have the time." - Tammy Powers just recently took a job in retail.
New Subsidized Employment Program
Lancaster: On Wednesday, May 19, Scott Sheely, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board announced that the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County in partnership with the PA Departments of Labor and Industry and Public Welfare will be offering a work experience program for young people ages 18-24 called Way to Work and for adults 18 and over called the Adult Subsidized Employment Program. See attached for a downloadable summary by clicking here as well as an employer application by clicking here.
Essentially, the program provides very low-cost labor through September 30, 2010
- Government subsidies pay the cost of the wage to the participants;
- Placements are for a minimum 20 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week;
- Wages for the Way to Work program will be the minimum wage of $7.25 while wages for the Adult Subsidized Employment program can vary up to a maximum of $13 per hour;
- A competitively procured staffing service will be the employer of record providing payroll services and worker's compensation coverage;
- However, employers are responsible for the employer share of relevant federal and state taxes which we calculate to be roughly $2 per hour and any wages and associated fringe benefits paid above the $13 hour limit for employee wages;
- Exceptions to the $2 per hour contribution will be made for non-profit organizations;
- Placement sites will have the opportunity to interview the candidates for placement in their businesses or organizations.
Eighteen Lancaster County Residents Graduate from Construction 101
Lancaster: On Friday, May 7, 2010, eighteen Lancaster residents graduated from Construction 101, a pre-apprenticeship program for careers in the construction industry that is co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in partnership with Lancaster County Adult Probation and Parole Services, Neighborhood Services, the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, SACA, and the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors at a ceremony held at Stevens College.
Those graduating included Alejandro Arroyo, Kelvin Dennison, Bryant Hanson, Cordell Harris, Tyran Hart, Paul Hines, James Jenkins, Edward Kauffman, Zasha Lopez, Pedro Martinez, Andre Miller, Steven Miltenberger, Kevin Murphy, Douglas Parker, Alex Patterson, Felix Perez III, Sammy Reeves, and Joseph Williams.
In this class, Paul Hines received honors for having the Highest Grade Point Average with Alex Patterson and Steven Miltenberger receiving Honorable Mention. Alex Patterson was the Most Improved Student while Steven Miltenberger was selected as Most Outstanding. Alejandro Arroyo, Bryant Hanson, Tyran Hart, Paul Hines, Zasha Lopez, Andre Miller, Steven Miltenberger, Kevin Murphy, Alex Patterson, and Sammy Reeves were recognized for their Perfect Attendance.
Participants completed a six-week, 240 hour program of classroom instruction and on-the-job training that qualifies them to work in the construction industry and that provides a curriculum which is at the introductory core of the apprenticeship programs for carpenters, electricians, masons, plumbers, HVAC, and other construction careers. Coursework includes safety, hand and power tools, construction math, and other topics.