When it comes to job search or re-employment services, there are 12 WorkOne sites in the region that can provide assistance. People will generally go to a WorkOne to find a new or better job, get career guidance, access training and/or training and education dollars. Some will simply visit for unemployment insurance assistance.
There are free job search tools and information that include: computer lab, Internet access, fax machine, copiers, telephone use, and information about high wage and high demand careers.
Financial Resources for jobseekers and employers for education and training are often available through WorkOne. Whether it's someone wanting to gain skills to secure a better job or change careers, or an employer with employees needing to complete their degree or certification or simply get updated training, WorkOne can help!
With funding from the Department of Labor, WorkOne offers grants to eligible individuals and employers for training or education in one of the region's high-growth, high-demand industries.
New WorkReady Certificate Program is FREE at WorkOne and gives jobseekers a leg up and employers the assurance of a work ready job applicant.
Having to compete in a global economy, companies are becoming more interested in gaining access to long-term qualified labor pools. The competition for jobs is fierce these days and interviewing an individual who possesses fundamental skills is half the battle for the employer.
WorkReady certificate holders have completed basic skills training in the following areas: computer basics, effective communication skills, successful work habits, workplace effectiveness, business etiquette, and resume and interview preparation. In addition, they'll go through WorkKeys® Assessments to make sure they meet proficiency levels in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.
Helping Kids Stay in School
WorkOne provides support to Lake County's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program. JAG is aimed at youth and implemented in 700 high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the country and United Kingdom. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation, while providing work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or enrollment in a post-secondary institution. Current JAG schools include: East Chicago High School, Hammond High School, Gary Lew Wallace High School, Gary Roosevelt High School, and Gary Westside High School.