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Connecting Employers and Jobseekers Through a Common Language – Skills.

The TalentNEO Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of the TalentNEO Newsletter. We had a discussion about job development on the January Learning Network and we want your opinion! Please fill out this short survey about your organization’s job-development function:

Upcoming Events

February Learning Network Webinar
Each month TalentNEO hosts a Learning Network which is intended to provide a space for information sharing, questions, and idea exchanges between TalentNEO partners and interested parties.
This month the Learning Network will focus on sharing strategies for championing WorkKeys with employers and for helping to connect job seekers to employment and training opportunities that utilize WorkKeys.   Speakers will include the team from MAGNET, RITE Board and ConxusNEO that has been working with employers and training providers since the start of TalentNEO and our new HR consultant, Dorinda Byers, who is doing deep dives with businesses interested in WorkKeys.
When: Friday, Feb 17th, 9- 10am
Web Link:
Learning Network In-Person Meeting for Cuyahoga County Employer Facing Staff
Are you a job developer or employment specialist?  Do you work with employers or the business community on a regular basis?  If so, please join us in person for the February TalentNEO Learning Network.  Following the Learning Network presentation, we will host a facilitated discussion with ample time for Q&A with the TalentNEO employer engagement team.
Please RSVP for the in-person meeting here: 
Opening Doors to Advanced Manufacturing Careers
Tour Jergens, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of standard tooling components and providing engineered solutions and products to the manufacturing industry. Experience what it is like to work in a high-tech manufacturing facility. Hear an employee panel discuss how they started and advanced in their careers and the skills and training required.  See plant operations and talk with employees in a variety of roles including shipping and receiving to CNC machining to product engineering to quality assurance. Get a first-hand look at Fast Forward, a new product demonstration center.  By participating, you will learn about today’s manufacturing environment and the career opportunities available.
This event is open to anyone who works with jobseekers: career coaches, job developers, navigators, employment specialists.

When: Thursday, March 9th, 10:30 am – Noon
Where: Jergens Inc. 15700 S. Waterloo, Cleveland 44110 (parking available)

Space is limited, please RSVP here

Upskilling/KeyTrain Review Open Houses
Two Upskilling/Key Train Open Houses will be offered this month by Ohio Means Jobs- Cleveland/Cuyahoga County. The open houses are a great opportunity for assessment takers who scored below a 3 to get connected with an upskilling program. 
Click the dates for more information 
When: Monday February 13th, 1:30-3:30

Celebrating Success

A huge thank you to business services staff who are incorporating TalentNEO information into their discussions with companies. Because of your efforts, and the efforts of the rest of the TalentNEO network, we are beginning to see companies start to interview jobseekers based on skill scores!

TalentNEO partner employer, Jenny Stupica of SSP Fittings, recently shared, “I’ve been reviewing resumes, including resumes of those with matching WorkKeys skills scores, for a number of positions and saved a considerable amount of time in identifying candidates. I don’t have to guess what skills candidates have when I am reviewing candidates with WorkKeys scores.” This creates a win-win – increasing the efficiency in your process while simultaneously identifying candidates with the right skills for your open positions! SGS, a precision tool manufacturer in Munroe Falls, has seen the value too. They have not only started to interview using WorkKeys scores, but have made an offer to a skill scores candidate.

Companies have also been sharing the benefits of TalentNEO and WorkKeys with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and they are listening. In their most recent report to the governor, the Office recommended using WorkKeys at OMJ centers across the state as a tool to better align jobseekers and companies.

Manufacturing Training Opportunities

Two partner manufacturing training programs utilizing WorkKeys are enrolling students now! Each program offers an opportunity for students to earn a credential and a pathway to a mid-skill job. For more information click on the title of the program
CNC Mill and Lathe Operations: Right Skills Now: Delivered by Cuyahoga Community College

CNC Programming & Operation Certificate Program: Delivered by Cleveland Industrial Training Center (CITC)

Would you like to contribute to the TalentNEO newsletter? We are looking for people to help tell the TalentNEO story. Please email for more information.

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