After unveiling the first Digital Works job skills & placement center in Zanesville in June, Connect Ohio has followed the initial group of participants through the intake, training, and hiring process to document the process.
The participants who came into the program were unemployed and struggling to find employment; some had been out of work for 6 months, others as long as two years. The Digital Works program is geared for unemployed or underemployed people who are looking to re-enter the workforce and be placed in a 21st century employment opportunity.
The first group, made up of people from varying backgrounds, and differing skill sets, all shared a common goal of securing employment through the Digital Works program.
“I was a repack stocker,” said Diana Lemar, Digital Works Trainee. “They got a new program and pretty much fired everybody. I had worked there for three and a half years.”
The Digital Works program goes into communities to recruit people who are motivated and puts them through an orientation and intake process to see if the candidate would be a good fit for the program—in order to ensure success. It begins with a skills intake and assessment and goes on to provide nationally accredited job readiness certification.
The first group chosen to be the initial participants for Digital Works Zanesville had the motivation and excitement about the training that was necessary for setting the standards of the program.
“I went through job and family services and have put in various applications places, but nothing has really panned out,” said Patrick Rice, Digital Works Trainee. “I’ve had two back surgeries and it’s hard to find and employer who will take you. I’m a single dad of two and like the idea of being able to work from home and set my own hours.”
Using the digital learning model, Digital Works strives to trains and mentors employment seekers for fast paced, technology sector jobs. Upon completion of the training, candidates are able to set their own hours and work from home if they meet the basic program requirements. Digital Works Nation Employer Relations Manager, Michael Dumont says if people have the desire to get through training our success rate is nearly 100%.
Learn more at: http://digitalworksjobs.org