Area employers are being urged to take advantage a new job training program in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced it will join with other local businesses and agencies to offer a nationally-recognized employment training program. National Work Readiness, National Retail Federation & Customer Service Credential classes will be held in April and May. The deadline to register is March 25.
Area employers are being urged to take advantage a new job training program in Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced it will join with other local businesses and agencies to offer a nationally-recognized employment training program. National Work Readiness, National Retail Federation & Customer Service Credential classes will be held in April and May.
The deadline to register is March 25.
While the course will benefit those seeking work, it will also help people who already have jobs, according to Chattie Van Wert, alliance director. She’s urging local businesses to send their employees to the program.
“By the time an employer has advertised openings, accepted applications, checked references, conducted interviews and vetted each potential new hire to the tune of $2,600, as a business person, I want to know that the person I hire has a good chance of succeeding over the long term,” Van Wert said. “The NWRC really helps to minimize the turnover rate."
Classes will be held six consecutive Fridays, beginning April 12, 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Country Community College campus in Ticonderoga. People must attend all classes in order to take the certification test May 22 and 23 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program will include OSHA 10 certification. That testing will be May 20 and 21 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is no cost to qualified participants.
For more information and to register call Joyce Marinelli at OneWorkSource at 873-2341.
Everyone who completes the course will be guaranteed an interview with a Ticonderoga-area employer.
Tamara Evens, director of human resources at Inter-Lakes Health, sees value in the NWRC training.
“When we entered the workforce as new employees, we might have been prepared for the work itself, but did we really understand what it meant to be an employee?,” she asked. “Did we understand the value of being on time, listening to the needs of others or focusing on our customers? The NWRC addresses the soft skills needed to succeed in the workforce such as workplace etiquette, personal accountability and customer service. Because all business is customer driven, these skills are essential to the success of employees and organizations alike.”
Patty Allen, director of human resources at Mountain Lake Services, also supports the program.
“The NWRC is an added bonus toward our investment in quality services at Mountain Lakes Services,” she said.
Before sitting for the course, each candidate will be assessed for baseline math, reading comprehension and problem-solving skills, Van Wert said. Employees not meeting the baseline standards wil be referred to remedial resources prior to taking the NWRC course.
“This helps employers assess and prepare more marginal employees to be much more successful over time,” she said.
Matthew Courtright, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, said the job training is a great asset for local employers.
“The NWR and National Retail Federation and Customer Service Credential gives employers the advantage of knowing that their employees have the base skills to be successful both at entry level, and as they advance in their career,” he said. “I truly believe this program can have a great benefit to employers, individuals and the community as a whole.”