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Dropout pilot prevention programs and San Antonio jobs

Friday, December 8th, 2017

New dropout pilot prevention programs will help keep kids at school and in line to get San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $1.5 million in funding for the Foster Youth Dropout Recovery and High School Completion pilot program to help current and former foster youth ages 16 to 25 earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, and obtain high-demand workforce skills with the goal of ensuring that this vulnerable population has a pathway to postsecondary education or employment in high-demand occupations.

This initiative was included among the recommendations of the Tri-Agency Report to the Governor: Prosperity Requires Being Bold: Integrating Education and the Workforce for a Bright Texas Future released in 2016. Commissioners from TWC, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board identified a need to support foster youth among major initiatives included in statewide efforts for the next generation that will make Texas the clear leader in targeted fields and position the state for future economic success.

“These Foster Youth pilots will demonstrate how we can work in partnership to enhance postsecondary outcomes for former foster students by increasing their rates of high school completion, high-demand skills attainment, and postsecondary enrollment,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.

The $1.5 million will be used to create four 18- to 24-month high school completion pilot programs for current and former foster youth that will support internships, applied learning opportunities, and offer support services for postsecondary education and training opportunities.

“The pilot program will not only assist foster care youth in becoming independent adults, but will help meet the growing demand for skilled workers and provide an additional talent pipeline for our Texas employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs

Is San Antonio unemployment on the decline?

Friday, December 8th, 2017

New labor statistics show that San Antonio unemployment rates may be declining.

he Texas economy added 71,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in October. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.6 percent in October, marking 90 consecutive months of annual growth. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, setting a record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades.

 

Leisure and Hospitality employment rebounded by adding 34,700 jobs in October after experiencing its largest monthly decline in September due to hurricane-affected business closures.

Over the year, this industry has gained 41,000 jobs. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 10,300 jobs, and Professional and Business Services expanded by 6,300 jobs.

“Private-sector employers added 64,100 jobs in October and have accounted for the addition of 279,300 positions in Texas over the past year as the state has continued to expand its employment,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I invite Texas employers to participate in the We Hire Vets recognition program to recognize them for their commitment to hiring our nation’s heroes.”

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA with a rate of 2.5 percent. The Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock MSAs registered a rate of 2.6 percent for October.

“Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Construction, which expanded by 4,500 jobs in October” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “In recognition of Texas Apprenticeship Week this week, I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a well-paying career.”

 

Texas adds tech jobs in San Antonio

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Texas has been busy adding more tech jobs in San Antonio.

Texas’s technology industry added more than 11,000 new jobs in 2016, according to Cyberstates 2017the annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released by CompTIA.

With an estimated 593,000 workers, Texas ranks second among the 50 states for tech industry employment.

Technology occupations across all other industries in Texas – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 626,300 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 7.2 ($117.2 billion) percent of the overall Texas economy.

The annualized average wage for a Texas tech industry worker was an estimated $102,300 in 2016, 89 percent higher than the average state wage ($54,100). Texas ranks 13th nationally in average tech industry wages.

  • In 2016 Texas led the nation by a wide margin in the number of new tech business establishments created (911). The state is now home to an estimated 36,245 tech business establishments.
  • Texas also leads the country in the telecommunications services; computer, peripheral and software wholesalers; and computer and electronic repairs sectors of the industry.
  • The tech industry employs an estimated 5.1 percent of the overall Texas workforce.
  • Leading tech occupations include computer system analysts (65,310), computer user support specialists (62,760) and application software developers (56,430).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of computer systems design and IT services (+ 7.2 percent) and R&D and testing labs (+ 4 percent).
  • State employers posted more than 42,600 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016.

San Antonio customer service jobs grow

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

JCPenney’s is hiring and may possibly increase the number of San Antonio customer service jobs.

JCPenney is planning to hire over 40,000 associates this holiday season – comparable to last year.

The company is seeking to fill a variety of positions in stores, jcpenney.com facilities and customer care centers across the country.

They typically begin increasing staffing levels in early October, and continue hiring efforts throughout the holiday season.

The company is seeking a variety of customer service and support positions, including cashier, replenishment specialist, SEPHORA inside JCPenney beauty consultant, salon stylist and more.

All skill levels are welcome, and candidates are encouraged to apply online at jcpcareers.com or in-store at one of the applicant kiosks prior to attending the event.

The company is  introducing a JCPenney National Hiring Day in stores on Oct. 17.

The events will take place at all JCPenney locations nationwide from 2-8 p.m. local time that day, where management will be holding in-person interviews and making employment offers to candidates on-the-spot.

Company hiring for retail jobs in San Antonio

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Macy’s is hiring for the holidays and make be looking to fill retail jobs in San Antonio.

The company plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2017 Christmas and holiday season.

Macy’s, Inc.’s 2017 seasonal hiring plan includes the following:

  • About 18,000 of the 80,000 total seasonal positions will be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities that support sales generated by the company’s omnichannel business strategy. This is an increase of 3,000 positions compared to 2016. These positions are located in megacenters in Goodyear, AZ; Cheshire, CT; Tulsa, OK; Portland, TN; and Martinsburg, WV, as well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA; Stone Mountain, GA; Secaucus, NJ; and Joppa, MD.
  • Approximately 1,000 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, OH; Clearwater, FL; and Tempe, AZ.
  • More than 1,000 people will be hired across the country to support the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Seasonal associates at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online or via mobile. Macy’s, Inc. is one of the largest online retailers in America. Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired.

Retailer hires for San Antonio warehouse jobs

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Amazon is hiring big this holiday season and may be looking to fill San Antonio warehouse jobs.

The retail giant said it is creating more than 120,000 positions this season across its U.S. network of fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites. Last year, thousands of holiday positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays and the company expects to continue that trend this year.

“We prepare year round for the holidays and we’re excited to hire for over 120,000 positions this season to help delight our customers,” saidDave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We look forward to welcoming back holiday employees who return year-after-year to Amazon and welcome new faces to the team, many of whom will continue on with regular, full-time roles with the company after the holidays.”

New employees will join the more than 125,000 regular, full-time employees at Amazon’s more than 75 fulfillment centers across the country to help pick, pack and ship customers’ holiday orders. So far this year, Amazon has created tens of thousands of new full-time roles in its fulfillment and customer service centers. Throughout the year on average, 90 percent of associates across the company’s U.S. fulfillment network are regular, full-time employees.

In addition to competitive wages, Amazon provides employees with competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Leave Share lets employees share their Amazon paid leave with their spouse or domestic partner if their spouse’s employer does not offer paid leave. Ramp Back gives new moms additional control over the pace at which they return to work. Just as with Amazon’s health care plan, these benefits are egalitarian – they are the same for fulfillment center and customer service employees as they are for Amazon’s most senior executives. The hourly fulfillment center employees are eligible for Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of the cost of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether those skills are related to jobs at Amazon.

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.

Company hires for manager jobs in San Antonio

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

One company is expanding and hiring for manager jobs in San Antonio.

Associated Asset Management (AAM), LLC, a national provider of community association management and accounting services for clients throughout the United States, recently employed two seasoned Managers, Samantha Alvarez and Dana Ruppel, to further support their portfolio in San Antonio, Texas.

Samantha Alvarez, AAM San Antonio’s newest Area Manager, comes to AAM with nearly two decades of community association management expertise. Prior to joining AAM, Samantha owned her own association management company in Southern California for 8 years. Throughout her career, she has worked for several reputable management firms within Orange and San Diego Counties, holding the positions of Vice President, Division Manager of New Development, Senior Manager and Director of Training.

Samantha has knowledge assisting developers with the complete set-up of newly constructed communities, including drafting Association related documents, policies and procedures. She held the position of an HOA Liaison for a large developer firm in Southern California, where she served as the Board President for 14 newly developed communities throughout Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. “The vast depth of experiences gained has provided Samantha with the wealth of knowledge to propel her understanding of all aspects of our Industry,” said Jeff Dixon, AAM’s Regional Vice President of Texas Operations.

Dana Ruppel, Community Manager, brings to AAM over 15 years of experience managing condominium complexes and homeowners associations, both large and small. Beginning her career in the apartment industry, Dana quickly acquired exceptional customer service and management skills.

Dana later transitioned into the community management industry as an On-Site Community Manager for a condominium complex. Throughout her tenure, Dana managed a large portfolio of communities, was promoted to New Business and Acquisition Manager and was honored with the firm’s Manager of the Year Award in both 2006 and 2008.