WorkNet, formerly the Windham Workforce Investment Board (WIB), is a state-recognized, community-driven group dedicated to developing a quality workforce In Southeastern Vermont. WorkNet partners with employers, public, and non-profit employment services providers, economic/community development groups, and educational institutions to identify critical workforce challenges and design and implement effective solutions.
WorkNet is governed by a volunteer Executive Committee (see below).
Contact us to join WorkNet, share workforce challenges and solutions, and seek assistance securing appropriate services and resources.
• Career Expo (2012-17): WorkNet organizes this annual event in Brattleboro to provide an opportunity for area jobseekers and students to meet the exemplary employers of Southeastern Vermont and learn more about exciting career opportunities. For more information, go to www.vermontcareerexpo.com. The Expo is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor and event sponsors.
• "Ready for Work" Program (2014-17): Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor, the Windham WIB is working with SEVCA and Vermont Adult Learning in Brattleboro to offer this job readiness program to disadvantaged workers. In addition to a 6-week class, this WorkNet initiative will ensure students have access to the case management, work supports, and career counseling they need to successfully pursue their career goals. Click here to learn more about "Ready for Work."
• Southeastern Vermont Initiative for Arts Enterprises (2012–2013):The Windham WIB, teamed up with the Arts Council of Windham County, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and several other regional organizations to design a first-ever comprehensive business development program for small and emerging arts businesses.
• ToolingU incumbent worker training demonstration project (2011–2012):The Windham WIB and the Windham Regional Career Center partnered with a select group of local manufacturers to enhance the machining and maintenance skills of incumbent workers through ToolingU training modules, offered on a pilot basis free of charge. In addition, the Windham WIB worked with several local manufacturers to design a blended training program for jobseekers new to manufacturing; the course has yet to be implemented. The ToolingU project was made possible through funding from the Vermont Department of Labor and the Windham Regional Career Center.
• WorkKeys job readiness demonstration project (2011–2012): The Windham WIB, together with Vermont Adult Learning and Vermont Department of Labor, partnered with a select group of businesses to evaluate the job readiness of their new recruits through a suite of WorkKeys assessments, offered on a pilot basis free of charge. The WorkKeys project was made possible through funding from the Vermont Department of Labor, with in kind support by Vermont Adult Learning.
• Assessing local hiring and skill needs (2011): The Windham WIB conducted an online survey of local employers to learn more about their employment outlook and challenges in building a qualified workforce. More than half of Windham-area employers responding to the survey say they plan to hire over the next year. However, about half of respondents also reported that they have struggled in the past to find workers capable of handling available jobs.
Board of Directors:
Alexander Beck, Workforce and Education Specialist, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
Cindy Delgatto, Business Account Manager, Creative Workforce Solutions
Katie Knaeble, Workforce & Innovation Opportunity Act Case Manager, Vermont Department of Labor
Denise Mason, Director, Economic Development Program, Southeastern Vermont Community Action
Leo Schiff, Regional Director, Vermont VocRehab
Suzanne Wagner, Regional Manager, Vermont Department of Labor
Steve Geller, Executive Director, Southeastern Vermont Community Action
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