Wichita is Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative

 

Wichita will assist local employers in changing their business practices to improve hiring, retention and engagement of frontline workers

WICHITA, KS (July 19, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced it is awarding a $50,000 grant to Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas to advance job quality strategies in the manufacturing and construction industries. This is the second job quality grant the Workforce Alliance has received from the National Fund and builds upon $50,000 grant received in 2017.  The grant will enable local employers to incorporate new skill development strategies and /or business practices that will improve their competitiveness and result in better jobs for workers.  The Workforce Alliance was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program.  Selected communities will develop and share successful approaches to improving the quality of frontline positions.

The National Fund’s Job Quality Initiative is focused on expanding the number of good jobs for American workers by promoting business practices and community investments that support workers and businesses.  National Fund collaborates will partner with companies to implement new hiring and training strategies that will enhance productivity and growth while improving key conditions for workers such as learning new skills, higher wages, better benefits, improved supervision, incentive bonuses, and opportunities for advancement.

“From our work with thousands of employers, we understand that a ‘good job’ is key for workers, companies and communities to succeed,” said Fred Dedrick, President and CEO of the National Fund. “By effectively hiring, training, engaging and empowering entry-level staff, companies create a competitive advantage.

Keith Lawing, President and CEO of the Workforce Alliance said, “Our staff are very diligent to provide opportunities to convene employers and local partners creating an environment for understanding what job seekers deem as valuable employment and how to institute practices that sustain them. We are excited to receive support and resources that further our work.”

A total of five cities were the most recent recipients selected to participate in the National Fund’s Job Quality Initiative.  The National Fund is now funding 10 communities across the country to participate in its Job Quality Initiative.  Each collaborative will be developing strategies tailored to their labor market, workface system, employer partners and unique challenges.

The Workforce Alliance (WA) formed PACES in 2008 when invited to join the National Fund as a regional collaborative site grantee.  Through PACES, the WA is building on strong relationships with local employers to elevate living-wage jobs with cross training and financial literacy tools for frontline employers and supervisor training for managers.

Under the management of the WA, PACES has developed into a mature, employer led system, securing investments totaling more than $3.5 million for the region, including over $2.3 million in direct grant funds competitively awarded since 2008.  Founding members and local funders of PACES include the United Way of the Plains, TECT Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, the Knight Foundation, and the City of Wichita.  Currently, Cox Machine, Mahaney Roofing and XLT Ovens are partners in the program.

The Workforce Alliance Local Workforce Development Board (WA) operates employment and training programs through the Workforce Center of South Central Kansas in Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance please visit www.workforce-ks.com or call 316-771-6800.

 

 

Enrollment for the On-the-Job-Training Opportunities Made Possible by Boeing

The Boeing On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program is a grant made possible by The Boeing Company and awarded to the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees to higher skilled and higher paying positions.

All training opportunities will be identified and provided by the employer, and any interested applicants must apply directly with one of the following five employer partners:

  • Cox Machine
  • GKN Aerospace
  • HM Dunn
  • TECT Aerospace
  • XLT Ovens

To be eligible, interested applicants must meet the following:

  1. Currently unemployed or underemployed (underemployed is defined as earning less than $12.02 per hour full time or $25,000 per year)
  2. Meet all employer required criteria for employment

Interested applicants who have questions or need resume or application assistance should visit or call
one of the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas.

 

Workforce Alliance to Receive Grant for On-the-Job Training from Boeing

WORFORCE ALLIANCE TO RECEIVE GRANT FOR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FROM BOEING

National Fund for Workforce Solutions announces that Wichita and two additional communities have been selected as grantees for the three-year on-the-job training program to bolster manufacturing workforce.

WICHITA, KS (July 5, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is one of three grantees to receive $125,000 through the Preparation for Advanced Career Employment Systems (PACES) fund to address small and mid-sized suppliers’ need for skilled workers in manufacturing. The grants, made possible by The Boeing Company, will build off of The National Fund’s 2012-2014 Boeing On-The-Job (OJT) Project which identified the best practices of job training and career advancement in manufacturing. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees to higher skilled and higher paying positions.
The Workforce Alliance was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program,
“Unemployment in manufacturing is hitting record lows nationwide,” said Fred Dedrick, CEO and President of The National Fund. “Employers are struggling to fill openings and workers want family-sustaining jobs with the opportunity to grow professionally. With Boeing’s OJT Project, the National Fund can help their regional collaboratives work to assist both employers’ needs for skilled staff and ensure that workers are given access to quality jobs.
“Newly trained job seekers are finding it difficult to gain employment with little job experience,” says Keith Lawing, CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas. “This grant will be used to help jump start their careers as they gain job experience using their new skill sets and provide an answer for employers needing to fill vacancies.”

A total of five cities will be participating in the program to include Chicago, Philadelphia, and Wichita. Two additional cities will be selected in 2019. Each collaborative will be designing job training strategies tailored to their labor market, employer partner and unique needs.

Media Contact:
Workforce Alliance
Aletra Chaney-Profit
Phone: 316.771.6731
achaney@workforce-ks.com

Request for Proposals for A-133 Audit Services

Kansas Association of Workforce Boards

The Kansas Association of Workforce Boards made up of the five Local Area Workforce Development Boards in Kansas, are accepting bids from qualified entities to provide audit services. RFP’s will be available for distribution on April 11, 2018. To receive a “Request for Proposal” including all specifications, please contact Chad Pettera via voice at 316-771-6602 or via email at chad@workforce-ks.com. The RFP and associated documents are available for download at workforce-ks.com/rfps.  Deadline for pre-bid questions is by 5:00pm April 20. Pre-Bid Conference is 10:00am April 25.  Bids must be received no later than 12:00 pm Friday, May 11. The Kansas Association of Workforce Boards welcomes all interested parties to bid and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received, or to negotiate with qualified bidder

Workforce Alliance Receives $5,995,327 America’s Promise Grant

Workforce Alliance Receives $5,995,327 America’s Promise Grant

Wichita, KS  –  The Workforce Alliance of South Central (WA) Kansas has been awarded a $5,995,327 four year America’s Promise grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The America’s Promise grant, or Kansas Advanced Manufacturing Program (KAMP), will support tuition free skills training, develop work-based learning opportunities and on-the-job training to prepare participants for careers in the aviation and advanced manufacturing industries. KAMP is designed to move low-wage and underemployed workers to high-paying manufacturing careers. “The Workforce Alliance is pleased to be awarded the America’s Promise grant,” said Keith Lawing, president and CEO Workforce Alliance of South Central KS. “The need for skilled manufacturing workers exists among employers across the region and this project can help close a skills gap for many job seekers.”

The WA will partner with Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College, The Greater Wichita Partnership, Textron Aviation, XLT Ovens, JR Custom Metals, Flint Hill Industries, the Lowen Corporation, the Bradbury Group, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas WorkforceOne to administer the grant throughout Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.

“Wichita Area Technical College is proud to be a collaborative educational partner in the America’s Promise grant,” said Sheree Utash, president Wichita Area Technical College.  “We look forward to working with the advanced manufacturing industry, Workforce Alliance and others to provide tuition assistance and training for students with an earn and learn component that will connect well-paying manufacturing jobs to employers.”

“The economic vitality of Spirit depends on our ability to hire skilled workers,” said Justin Welner, Spirit AeroSystems vice president, human resources and EH&S. “A major challenge the aircraft industry faces is a significant shortage of workers with technical skills. Manufacturing plays a key role in helping to drive the region’s business success, for continued economic growth of our communities.”

The local 10 county region is one of 23 regional partnerships across the United States to receive funding through the America’s Promise grant which totals more than $111 million and will connect more than 21,000 Americans to education and in-demand jobs. More information on the grant can be found at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20161117.

WA staff will be working with officials from the USDOL over the next few weeks on the details to implement KAMP. It is anticipated the project will be operating in early 2017.

The Workforce Alliance is the Administrative Entity, One Stop Operator, and Program Administrator for Local Area IV in Kansas, which includes the counties of Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Sedgwick and Sumner.  Operations for Local Area IV are directed by the Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB). The daily operations of the LWIB are carried out by a professional staff, led by a President and Chief Executive Officer. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance please visit www.workforce-ks.com.

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