Aloha Chamber members,
While our state has people without jobs, there are jobs without people. With a state unemployment rate of 2.8%, finding workers to fill positions, particularly skilled workers, has been an ongoing challenge for employers. This is why the Chamber continues to invest and strengthen its efforts in developing a skilled workforce and talent pipeline for current and future jobs.
Many resources are available for employers seeking applicants for various positions. One such resource is the American Job Centers, also called One-Stop Centers. As part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, the Centers provide free services to job seekers and employers, including training opportunities. The Centers also include Job Corps Hawaii, a career and technical training program for young people ages 16-24. While some students pursue college readiness, others are interested in career readiness. These Centers provide this age group with the opportunity to prepare and qualify for jobs which, in turn, improve their quality of life.
Another opportunity coming up, especially for healthcare professionals, are workshops statewide that focus on strategies for serving Hawaii’s multi-lingual population.
As a member of the Oahu Workforce Development Board, it’s exciting to hear from the dedicated professionals who are committed to helping individuals of different ages find quality jobs.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO