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Workforce Development Training Funds Spurs AceCo Expansion

AceCo workers

Two AceCo employees troubleshoot a newly added accessory to a Lathe.

AceCo received a $25,000 Workforce Training Fund grant a year ago that continues to yield growth for the Boise company.

AceCo applied for the grant when the company found itself unable to hire new CNC machinists with the level of experience or GibbsCAM training required. The grant enabled the company to provide the needed training to employees currently in entry level positions, helping both the company and the employees.

Workforce Training Funds allowed AceCo to fly in a trainer so the employees could receive the specialized GibbsCAM training required. “These machinists were all entry level employees with some experience in the field but lacked the specific training we needed them to have,” said Jonathan Scobby, controller for AceCo. “These employees each received a certification of completion and experience which makes them more competitive because they can take that anywhere.”

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Find the Right Employees by Improving Your Job Posting

Finding the right employee can sometimes seem like a puzzle

One of the most important aspects of the job as a manager is hiring new employees. Taking the time to find someone who is not just capable of doing the job well, but who is also a good fit for the company is important.

Finding the right person for the job also will save time and money down the road but ensuring your job posting is done correctly can be a bit puzzling. Following a few simple steps in the hiring process will help ensure a great fit.

Write better job titles

“A good job title is essential,” said Darren Rux, a senior workforce consultant in the Department of Labor Boise office. The job title should be specific and reflect what the job actually does rather than a generic job title. Don’t use cutesy job titles and avoid clichés. Make sure the job title is not confusing or misleading or prospective employees may pass on applying.  When hiring for a position above entry level, try to include the level of seniority the position requires.

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Idaho Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Increase Registered Apprenticeships

Idaho is one of 37 recipients that will use a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships throughout the state in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and energy.

Earlier this year the state received a $200,000 planning grant to develop a strategy.for-apprenticeship-blog

“Idaho businesses are calling for a pipeline of skilled workers with industry-specific training and hands-on experience,” said Idaho Department of Labor Director Kenneth D. Edmunds. “This grant will allow us to help meet those needs and increase the number of registered apprenticeships throughout the state.” Continue reading

Jerome’s Hilex Poly Co. Receives $157,500 to Train 45 Employees

Hilex Poly Co. will use $157,500 in Idaho Workforce Development Training funds from the Department of Labor to hire and train 45 new employees in equipment operations, mechanics, quality assurance, safety, training and materials handling.

Wages for the 45 new positions will range from $22.50 to no less than $12 per hour and will average $15.48 per hour with employer-assisted medical benefits.

Hilex Poly expects all the new employees will be hired by Sept. 30, 2017.

Read the full news release for more details.

Alliance Data to Use $87K to Create 364 Jobs

Alliance Data will create 364 permanent full-time positions at its Coeur d’Alene customer support facility and provide training using $87,310.60 from the Idaho Department of Labor’s Workforce Development Training Fund.

The new workers will bring the total of employees at the Coeur d’Alene location to 810 by Feb. 28, 2018. Wages will range from $20.74 per hour to no less than $12 per hour. Structured on-the-job training will include negotiation skills, fraud detection, customer interaction/motivation and debt collection regulatory and legal requirements.

Read the full news release for more details.

 

Idaho Receives $2.5 Million to Help Youth with Disabilities Find Jobs

Improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities ages 14-24 will be the focus of a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to the state of Idaho.

The grant funds will be used to provide more training opportunities, build community partnerships and help youth transition from school to employment.

Idaho was one of six states to receive part of nearly $15 million.

Read the full news release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

August Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.8%

Idaho ‘s Over-the-Year Job Growth is Nation’s Fastest

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August. Nationally unemployment held steady at 4.9 percent.

For the sixth time this year, Idaho was No. 1 in the nation for over-the-year job growth in August. An additional 22,000 jobs – a 3.3 percent increase – was driven by across-the-board gains in all industries. Construction grew the fastest with a 9.2 percent increase followed by growth in financial activities, other services and information.

Month-to-month, growth in the state’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payrolls remained steady between July and August, adding only 100 jobs.

For more information, read the full news release.