To be held at the Cartersville Career Center at 19 Felton Place, Cartersville, the recruitment event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year there is no requirement for length of unemployment to determine eligibility, OJT Career Advisor Anne Rapp said.
“During the height of the recession we had national emergency grant money and there was a 16-week unemployment requirement. That is no longer the case,” she said. “It’s people who are in the workforce and through no fault of their own [were] laid off [who] would be eligible, and there’s no — it doesn’t have to be so many weeks before they can come in and be part of the program. That’s not true anymore.”
Rapp cited recent announcements, including the LakePoint Sporting Community, as one of the reasons for the department of labor to begin recruiting for on the job training.
“Our goal is just to make sure that people know our program is there and we get people registered to participate in the program as these new [employers] are looking for employees,” she said.
According to a GDOL press release, those who are eligible and are accepted into the program will be able to take advantage of resume reviews, skill and interest assessments, job search assistance and job referrals. Employers involved in the program, according to a separate release, have the final hiring decisions, determine performance standards, train the employee themselves and receive a 50 percent reimbursement of the trainee’s wages during the training period.
Rapp said this orientation was the first event of its kind at the Cartersville location since she began working there four years ago. The April 8 orientation will also have five coordinators from across northwest Georgia to help check eligibility, sign people up and start on applications.
“I’ve had orientation classes for people who come in and apply for unemployment or whatever we think might be eligible. We did regular orientation sessions once a week that were similar to this, where we got people in and talked to them about the program and started the application process and that kind of thing,” Rapp said. “We have done them in the past, but we’ve never had all the coordinators together and we’re hoping for a really good turnout so we can get as many people signed up as possible and have them ready to go.”
Those interested in applying for on the job training are asked to bring a driver’s license and Social Security card to get registered with the program, as well as a resume and generic application.
Visit www.careerdepot.org for more information and to print out an application before the event. Additional on the job training recruitment events are scheduled for April 15 at the Rome Career Center, April 22 at the Cedartown Career Center and April 29 at the Lafayette Career Center. All events will begin at 10 a.m. and run to 2 p.m.