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Blue Jacket adapts Career Academy for job seekers with intellectual disabilities

Jan 14, 2019 No Comments by

Alliance member Blue Jacket Staffing in Ft. Wayne, Indiana places graduates of Blue Jacket’s signature Career Academy, a rigorous 2-week, 40-hour job readiness course. Now they’ve adapted the course for job seekers with intellectual disabilities, and last week welcomed the first class of 10 students! The new offering arose out of Blue Jacket’s experience with […]

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Staffing firms approved to sponsor apprenticeship programs

Dec 27, 2018 No Comments by

Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training and classroom instruction, and are a key approach to growing a skilled workforce in manufacturing, construction, health care and technology. Apprenticeships may last from one to six years, depending on the occupation and model, and lead to industry-recognized credentials and often, college credits, too. Last year, the US Department of […]

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Goodwill Staffing grows pipeline of temp-to-hire talent

Dec 10, 2018 No Comments by

Looking ahead to the new year, Alliance member Goodwill Staffing Services in Middle Georgia is positioned to focus solely on making temp-to-hire and direct hire placements with external employer clients. Internal staffing services for its Goodwill parent, formerly a sizable portion of business revenues, have been shifted to Goodwill’s Human Resources Department. Vice President of […]

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Remembering Devah Pager, leading light on racial bias in hiring

Nov 28, 2018 No Comments by

We mourn the passing of Dr. Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist whose 2003 doctoral dissertation documented “the powerful effects of race” on hiring decisions. Dr. Pager’s research sought to understand the effect of a criminal record on people’s chances of finding a job and how that might differ depending on the applicant’s race. Her resulting […]

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New tools help employers assess and improve job quality

Nov 07, 2018 No Comments by

High-road employment practices drive business performance, and increasingly social impact funders and policy makers are developing tools that encourage employers to offer better jobs and strengthen their competitive edge while also improving workers’ self-sufficiency. Pacific Community Ventures, a community development lender and advisor to small business owners, has developed a comprehensive Good Jobs Good Business Toolkit […]

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