By BRANDY RICHMOND
Gaining experience through on-the-job training could help those 55 and older gain greater access to employment they may not qualify for through Experience Works, a senior workforce solutions company.
Field Operations Coordinator Robin Branch and Jinny Hagel-Pitt recently addressed the Clay County Commissioners regarding the possibility of using Experience Works clients in temporary county positions.
Employees are paid the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour by Experience Works and work approximately 30 hours per week in positions that can provide them with computer and other types of training as well as local references, Branch explained. Job sites essentially serve as training sites for future positions. In some cases, supervisors at the job sites may wish to hire the employees themselves. Payment through Experience Works, as a non-profit organization, comes from federal funding through the Department of Labor. Some workers may be limited in their physical skills and capabilities, and employers at job sites will be aware of that before employees are hired. Assessments are conducted through Experience Works, and a job interview is arranged. The potential job site employer can then decide whether the client is an ideal fit.
The Commissioners will discuss the matter before committing to an agreement with Experience Works and making a decision at a future meeting. The next meeting is set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 2. Meetings are open to the public and are conducted in the Commissioners Court at the Clay County Courthouse.