Greater Peoria Works
Focus: Technical Training & Job Preparedness
Greater Peoria Works is a Work Experience Program that aims to identify, encourage and assist area employers with providing 1,000 non-permanent, recurring jobs or work-based learning opportunities to area high school students to assist them to develop job-related skills and attitudes. These opportunities may include full-time, part-time, seasonal, internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, workshops, and job shadowing opportunities. This program will help to develop an educated and motivated workforce of high-quality, work-ready employees to aid the region in retaining and attracting business.
To identify, encourage and assist Great Peoria employers with providing non-permanent jobs or work-based learning opportunities to high school students on a continuous basis, for the purpose of developing job-related skills and attitudes.
Employers will commit to providing students an environment that promotes an understanding of the importance of productivity, mentor the development of soft skills and self-confidence, and encourage ongoing education and training.
Applicants will commit to providing employers punctuality, productivity, accountability, a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Greater Peoria benefits by developing an educated and motivated workforce of high-quality, work ready employees. This will result in attracting and retaining employers and employees for our region.
- Greater Peoria’s potential labor pool has a shortage of employees with necessary job skills and soft skills.
- Businesses often must hire employees from outside the Greater Peoria area to meet their needs, incurring greater expense.
- Students are largely uninformed about job and career opportunities and unprepared to enter the workforce, which results in a lack of direction when making decisions about their future.
- There is an opportunity to have meaningful relationships between employers and youth, i.e. apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training, and seasonal work.
- Compared to peer and aspirational Midwestern cities, Greater Peoria has seen significant declines in employment growth, which limits the ability to compete for the long-term growth of our regional economy.
- The purpose of this project is to identify, encourage and assist Greater Peoria employers to provide 1,000 non-permanent jobs or work-based learning opportunities to high school students on a continuous basis, for the purpose of developing job-related skills and attitudes.
- We will provide a revolving index of non-permanent jobs, work-based learning opportunities, based upon job descriptions defined in our call to action.
Call to Action
- Each employer should provide ongoing work-based experience opportunities including, but not limited to Full-time, Part-time, Seasonal, Internships, Apprenticeships, Co-Ops, Workshops and Job Shadowing.
- Job descriptions of work-based experiences available should be continually updated to maintain a viable index.
Outcomes of Success:
- Employers, youth and our community will have access to an ongoing, vibrant, accurate index.
- Business will benefit from access to available and better prepared employees.
- Youth will benefit from access to a job training program and connection to long-term employment opportunities.
- Community will benefit from an educated, motivated workforce, which attracts and retains employers and employees to our region.