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Connecting Employers and Jobseekers Through a Common Language – Skills.

The TalentNEO monthly newsletter
TalentNEO is growing and progressing every day. In an effort to keep everyone informed and connected, we will be sharing a monthly newsletter. This is the place to find updates about the initiative, learn more about our partners, and get ideas for new ways to expand the initiative. 
Did You Know?
TalentNEO is gaining attention! In addition to the Crain's Cleveland Business article shared this week, Ideastream's The Sound of Ideas featured TalentNEO partners Towards Employment and MAGNET talking about the initiative. You can listen to the feature here.
Upcoming Events
May Learning Network Webinar
Friday May 20, 9am
Topic: Employer Engagement in TalentNEO




 
Partner Spotlight
The OhioMeansJobs – Summit County Job Center has worked diligently in recent months to spread the word about WorkKeys® with job seekers who enter the facility.  Christine Marshall, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, explains the unique nature of the Center and their approach to reach a broad audience of job seekers.  

The Center is unique in the sense that there are approximately 15 partner organizations that work directly with job seekers and every partner plays an important role in sharing information about WorkKeys® with job seekers and administering and proctoring the assessments.   

Partner organizations ensure that everyone who walks through the front doors have the opportunity to learn more about WorkKeys.  Flyers are found at the front desk, in the Resource Room where job seekers prepare their resumes and search for jobs, in welcome packets for first time visitors, and at on-site job fairs. WorkKeys information is also projected on TV screens in the lobby and the Resource Room.  

Partners conducting group and individual appointments talk about WorkKeys. It is also discussed in the job seeker orientation and during the 3 day career workshop. Partners share how to search for a job on the OhioMeansJobs website and direct job seekers to the skills scores associated with the job postings.  This is a great conversation starter on WorkKeys!  

For more information about the Job Center, visit https://www.summitomj.org/
Success Stories
Here is a great story shared with us by Stephanie Schab, a KeyTrain instructor from Parma City School District's Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE): Betty had been attending my GED class at the Maple Heights library for some time. She ended up leaving her job because she wanted to go into a CDL program with her husband and begin a career change together. The trucking school said they would take WorkKeys scores of 4 on all three assessments in lieu of a GED (to at least begin the program). I signed her up for KeyTrain as a distance learner and she was using the program and attending GED classes.

Betty kept taking the math test, but kept coming up with a level 3, which is the only area she still needed to improve to get into the CDL program. I recommended that she work with Rachel, a KeyTrain instructor, in person for upskilling classes at OMJ Brookpark. She worked with Rachel and really enjoyed the additional in-person assistance. Today she nailed her math target of a level 4 and can now enroll in classes with her husband. She is so excited!
 
Employer Update
There are at least 20 employers engaged in the TalentNEO initiative. Promoting job opportunities with our partner employers is a great way to connect jobseekers to potential employment opportunities based on their skills scores and motivate others to take the WorkKeys assessments. The featured partner employer and job this month is:

Dakota Software
Implementation Services Support Associate– Cleveland, OH. For more than 25 years, global companies have used Dakota's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management Systems to monitor and analyze their compliance programs with environmental and safety regulations. Dakota Software is currently seeking an Implementation Services Associate to join the team as they continue to experience steady growth. The Implementation Services Support Associate is responsible for analyzing the client's needs and providing guidance throughout the scope of implementation and beyondRecommended Skills Scores: Applied Mathematics 4, Reading for Information 4, Locating Information 4. 
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