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Workforce center has funds to train workers in needed career fields

A local state agency has funds available for a variety of high demand occupations in southwest Oklahoma and is looking for qualified candidates to fill those positions.

The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board has funds specifically earmarked for on-the-job training, work experience enhancement and school training programs in a variety of professions that are listed as high demand occupations for the area.

High demand occupations are those occupations in growing or in demand career fields in the area and that meet the self-sufficient wage standard, or a wage that is high enough to not qualify for governmental assistance, Workforce Board Executive Director Trina Southard said. Southard added that the jobs also must be of the type that require or lead to being credentialed in a career field.

Employers in the area are looking to find skilled workers, but are not always able to find the workers they need. The workforce board works closely with area employers to identify job seekers who will fit the growing needs of today’s workforce, Southard said.

Currently the jobs listed as high demand include over 160 careers in a variety of career fields covering nearly every conceivable job discipline.

The program includes three different types of training. On-the-job training is work specifically with employers that provides a participant with knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job, according to Workforce Board Business Services Manager Candace Garcia. In the case of on-the-job training, the workforce board provides up to 50 percent of the wage rate of the participant up to 1,040 hours of work paid directly to the employer for the costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training, Garcia said.

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