Greater Peoria Works

 

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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.

Mission Statement

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 Responsibilities

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.

Applicant Responsibilities

Applicants will commit to providing employers punctuality, productivity, accountability, a positive attitude and willingness to learn.

Vision Statement

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.

Why/Need

  • 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.

Solution

  • 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.