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Apprenticeship programs for San Antonio jobs created

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

New programs are developing to boost apprenticeship programs for San Antonio jobs.

To assist employers in developing a nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship program, the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) ApprenticeshipTexas will engage local employers and industry partners in developing new programs and expanding on current Registered Apprenticeship training programs for new occupations and underrepresented populations. Apprenticeship training programs are a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction where workers learn the practice and theoretical aspects of a high-skill occupation.

“Apprenticeship programs provide Texas employers with a skilled workforce and job seekers have the opportunity to bolster their skills,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Apprenticeships are one of several effective educational and training strategies that support a broad range of industry sectors and occupations.”

TWC invites employers, job seekers, educators and industry stakeholders to the first ApprenticeshipTexas conference, to be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk in San Antonio, September 28-29, 2017. The conference will feature information on developing career choices for high school and college apprenticeship programs, along with insights for employers on operating an apprenticeship program. For more information and to register online, visit the TWC website at Events – ApprenticeshipTexas Conference.

TWCs apprenticeship training programs assist business owners with opportunities to teach specific skills so that new employees hired as apprentices can immediately begin to contribute their talents and skills. Apprentices are empowered to be hands-on from day one, while also earning a paycheck and engaging in the workplace. Upon completion of the training program, apprentices receive a national recognized certification and have minimal student debt.

“For participating employers, apprenticeship programs help to build a sustainable and diversified workforce from industry-driven training customized to meet business workforce needs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.

Registered Apprenticeship programs can be created for traditional industries, including construction and manufacturing, and emerging professions, such as energy and health care. TWC’s ApprenticeshipTexas team will target industries in high demand fields such as nursing, pipefitting, plumbing, welding, distribution and transportation occupations. ApprenticeshipTexas bridge employers, local community colleges and independent school districts to prepare apprentices for a highly skilled job and life-long careers, boosting the state’s skilled labor force.

 

Campaign raises awareness for jobs in San Antonio for people with disabilities

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

A new campaign is creating awareness around people with disabilities who need San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas. The campaign is now in its second year and coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. During October, TWC and its partners will feature resources for employers and conduct a statewide series of hiring events for job seekers with disabilities.

TWC is proud to continue to partner in support of opportunities for the skilled and talented Texans with disabilities who have much to contribute to Texas employers and our economy,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are proud to partner with the Governor’s Committee and thank our Workforce Solutions boards for hosting Texas HireAbility events to help connect Texas employers with this valuable talent pool to meet their workforce needs.”

TWC and partnering organizations have planned job fair and career resource events in October. Local workforce development boards, also known as Workforce Solutions offices, have coordinated with employers to conduct on-site information sessions, trainings, and interviews with the goal of networking with and hiring individuals directly. Some events will feature assistive technology and white cane demonstrations, motivational speakers, prep sessions on interviewing, resume writing and networking, and ceremonies honoring employers dedicated to an inclusive workforce.

“Some of our state’s most successful Texas employers proudly make inclusion and diversity a priority in their workplace, and we want to encourage all businesses to take advantage of this talent pipeline,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Participation is essential for the success of hiring campaigns like Texas HireAbility, and we look forward to supporting employers to help fill their in-demand positions with these talented workers.”

The Texas HireAbility campaign offers employers resources on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, including guidance on using People First Languagerecruitment and retention facts, and a video, “Creating a Culture of Accessibility Positively Impacts Business.”

 

Grant helps out San Antonio healthcare jobs

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

A new grant is going towards boosting San Antonio healthcare jobs.

Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio has partnered with Alamo Colleges District to provide job training using a $516,538 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the San Antonio area.

“We are pleased to present this grant to Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio and Alamo Colleges, which will provide customized training in the healthcare industry,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This partnership will create new employment opportunities, and will support this high-demand field in the San Antonio area.”

“We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Methodist Healthcare System San Antonio by providing training for the skilled workers so essential to our community’s vital healthcare industry,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “The Alamo Colleges District continues to be recognized for its excellence in training the workers local employers need.”

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 957 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on nursing training, acute patient care and cardiac life support. Trainees will include laboratory scientists, registered nurses, charge nurses, clinical educators, office managers, patient care assistants, rehab aides, and unit secretaries.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium.