Making Outreach More Effective
By: Recruiting Specialist
AJE recently reached out to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) to understand how the Workforce Connection program can help employers recruit, hire and retain employees. Outreach is key to OFCCP compliance and AJE is working to make outreach efforts more effective by highlighting organizations and programs that make hiring easier and deliver better return on investment.
Workforce Connection’s Mission is to deepen relationships with employers seeking to hire in their area. They work with HR managers and Community Engagement specialists to refer candidates for specific positions; offering incentives which can offset the cost of on-the-job- training. WFC works directly with employers in the contractor community. They screen candidates, host hiring events at county offices, and work with employers to get their customers hired.
DPSS offers a program known as CalWORKS (available to companies hiring in California). It provides temporary financial assistance to help meet basic needs for struggling families while helping them re-enter the workforce. Workforce Connection offers a subsidy for hiring CalWORKs customers and gives employers additional value they wouldn’t get through other recruiting channels. Working directly with employers allows WFC staff to better understand the requirements of the positions, leading to better candidates in the pipeline and ultimately, better outcomes for Workforce customers.
The County of Riverside’s Workforce Connection group is an example of a community-based agency doing more to promote hiring and workplace diversity. Discovering programs and services available to your company is one of the many benefits to conducting Outreach and developing new recruiting relationships.
Use the AJE Outreach tool to find organizations and events across the country.
Looking to reach out to the Workforce Connection team directly? You can find contact information for their Social Service Planner, Ken Sandefur, here.
If you have an Outreach story or organization you would like to highlight, please reach out to: email@example.com
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