Unfortunately, there are times organizations need to downsize due to a layoff, company restructuring, or staffing reductions following a merger or acquisition. Although unemployment services are now handled directly through a special state online service, Workforce Connection can help you and your employees in many ways even before and after employment ends with your organization. These services are available to employers and displaced workers through state and federal funding. Outplacement services are customized to meet the specific needs of the employer and their impacted employees.
Onsite Employee Briefings
Rather than send your displaced staff out the door without the necessary tools for re-employment, call us to arrange for a one-on-one or group briefing to cover unemployment, re-training resources, job search tools and community support. All requests are kept confidential. Most employers schedule these briefings immediately after layoff notification or before employees leave. These briefings allow your affected employees the opportunity to meet with our team in a familiar environment. For large events, Workforce Connection can set up a lab at your place of business or another convenient location or dispatch our Mobile Resource Unit (MRU) equipped with computer worksations. These labs provide the resources for your impacted staff to register for work through the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) and file claims for Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Compensation). Spanish speaking staff is available upon request.
From resume writing to interviewing skills to job search tips, Workforce Connection can arrange special workshops for displaced workers, based on their needs and interests. Workshops can take place at our Workforce Connection One-Stop Career Centers, at your place of business or at another convenient location. In addition to programs customized for your company, Workforce Connection offers a full calendar of workshops throughout the region which focus on re-employment success.
Workforce Connection has the tools to help your displaced staff determine their level of capabilities and employability. Assessments range from the evaluation of basic adult skills to career assessments to the identification of transferrable skills. One of the newest assessment tools is Ready to Work, offered on a regular basis at our centers. This valuable tool measures Reading for Understanding, Applied Math and Locating Information.
Depending on circumstances and potential employment opportunities, displaced workers may qualify for scholarships to help train or re-train them for jobs in targeted industry occupations that have been approved as high skill and high wage by the state.
When dispaced workers register with EFM, Workforce Connection is able to search online job postings and network with area employers to identify potential matches for employment. If out-of-area placement is desired, our team has several tools to uncover opportunities outside the region. In some instances, employers have come from out-of-area to set up interviews and/or attend job fairs.
Job seeekers have access to a library of employment reference materials at our Workforce Connection One-Stop Career Centers. Many of these resources are also available via our Mobile Resource Units (MRUs). They can use our computers with high speed internet, copiers, and fax machines to conduct job search activities. The centers are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with family-friendly hours available. Check the About Us section for center locations and directions.
For large-scale layoffs, Workforce Connection can design a special job fair just for your impacted employees matching them with interested employers. For smaller events, we will let your staff know about upcoming job fairs and how to adequately prepare.
For dislocated professional employees, Workforce Connection and the College of Central Florida partner to offer Retooling and Refueling for Success Workshops. During these multi-day workshops, participants learn how to deal with emotional and financial issues, fine-tune their resumes, practice interviewing and zero in on the best possible employment fit for their skills and interests.
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