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Build Your Own Workforce

A new no-cost program providing your business with the tools to hire, train and mentor entry-level workers.

Attend a series of workshops designed to provide you with the tools to effectively develop your workforce.

Build Your Own Workforce Program Overview:

Work Readiness and Interest Assessments (1 four hour session):
Sacramento Works will provide technical assistance to your business on how to use the New World of Work 21st Century Work-Readiness Skills Training curriculum to ensure candidates that you are hiring are work ready. Plus provide technical assistance on how to use CalJobs Career Explorer to ensure that the candidates you interview are the right fit for the job.

Work Skills Assessment (1 four hour session):
Sacramento Works will provide business with technical assistance on how to interpret the WorkKeys Skills Assessment based on job descriptions/hiring criteria and how skills assessments can be used in the candidate interviewing process to develop a candidate success profile.

Mentorship Training (2 four hour sessions):
CPS HR Consulting will provide a “Turn- Key” Mentorship solution to Businesses to assist Supervisors and Managers in growing your workforce.

Mentoring Skills for Mentors (1 four hour session)
Launching and Managing a Mentoring Program (1 four hour session)
Both courses are highly interactive and at the end of this program you will be able to undertake and carry out the mentor’s roles and responsibilities and define the objectives of a mentoring program.

Workshop Location

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)
925 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

2017 Summer Workshop Schedule

Workshop 1 – Work Readiness and Interest Assessments
Tuesday, June 6 or July 11, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 2 – Work Skills Assessment
Tuesday, June 13 or July 18, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 3A – Mentoring Skills for Mentors
Thursday, June 22 or July 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 3B – Launching and Managing a Mentoring Program
Thursday, June 29 or August 3, 2017, 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Register for a Workshop today!

Registration is simple, just fill out the form below, or send us an email and let us know that you want to sign up for the workshop series and we will contact you to reserve your space! Email: EmployerServices@seta.net

Build Your Own Workforce Course Descriptions

Workshop 1 – Work Readiness and Interest Assessments (1 four hour session):

What are the 21st Century Skills? They go by many names: employability skills, professional skills, interdisciplinary skills, transferable skills, non-cognitive skills, and soft skills. What it all boils down to is the knowledge, work habits, and character traits that are necessary to succeed in this rapidly changing world. Do some people have these traits and others don’t? This workshop module will assist you in determining if the candidates you are interested in hiring have the skills to succeed in your business.

The New World of Work 21st Century Work-Readiness Series includes lessons with videos and power point presentations on the following topics: Adaptability, Analysis/Solution Mindset, Collaboration, Communication, Digital Fluency, Empathy, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Resilience, Self-Awareness, and Social/Diversity Awareness.

CalJobs Career Explorer is an internet-based tool that matches job seeker skills to work interests and work values and provides a match to occupations based on their interests and skills. Business can use the CalJobs Career Explorer to assess individuals fit for the jobs they need to fill. CalJobs Career Explorer provides you with a jobseeker profile, access to their skills assessment scores and jobseeker preferred occupation along with the skills they possess pulled directly from the “Background Wizard”. CalJobs offers a variety of online learning and training courses that you can use to expand the knowledge and skills of your current workers or those you wish to hire.

Workshop 2 – Work Skills Assessment (1 four hour session):

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation— skilled or professional—and at any level of education. Many Businesses nationwide use WorkKeys to measure workplace skills of employees and job applicants.

WorkKeys consists of three parts:

  • Job Skill Assessments–designed to measure functional and personal skills as they apply to the workplace.
  • Job Analysis–estimates skill benchmarks for specific job positions that individuals must meet through testing.
  • Skill Training–helps individuals boost their scores.

WorkKeys consists of 12 workplace skill assessments:

  1. Applied Mathematics—applying mathematic reasoning to work related problems.
  2. Applied Technology—understanding technical principles as they apply in the workplace.
  3. Business Writing—composing clear, well-developed messages relating to on-the-job situations.
  4. Listening—being able to listen to and understand work-related messages.
  5. Locating Information—using information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts.
  6. Observation—paying attention to details in workplace instructions and demonstrations.
  7. Reading for Information—comprehending work-related reading materials, from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and governmental regulations.
  8. Teamwork—choosing behavior that furthers workplace relationships and accomplishes work tasks.
  9. Writing—creating effective work-related messages and summaries.
  10. Performance—person’s tendency toward unsafe work behaviors and attitudes.
  11. Talent—a person’s dependency, assertiveness and emotional stability.
  12. Fit—how a person’s interests and values correspond to a chosen career.

Job Analysis and Skills Training:
This component helps to set benchmarks that correspond with WorkKeys scores, giving the participant a target score to hit in order to qualify for a job. Employers use this tool to determine which skills are required for a job, and the level of each skill needed to perform the job successfully. When a participant takes a WorkKeys test, the skill level at which an employee scores corresponds to how prepared he or she is for the job, or how much remedial training a participant needs.

Workshop 3A – Mentoring Skills for Mentors (1 four hour session):

Mentoring is a vehicle for preserving and passing on important knowledge to a mentee (apprentice or protégé). The mentor takes an active interest in the mentee’s growth and supports his or her learning and professional development. Through mentoring, an experienced and knowledgeable employee engages with a new, inexperienced, or another employee who wishes to be mentored in a certain area. The mentoring arrangement can be informal or formal and should provide freedom for the paired partners to manage the mentor-mentee relationship.

Mentoring is a valuable tool for positively influencing employee commitment because it sends the message that the organization is interested in employee career growth and development, and that the employee can make valuable contributions to achieving organizational goals and objectives. A mentoring program multiplies human resource effectiveness by spreading the knowledge needed to “get the job done” within the organization among a larger employee base and is an excellent method for eliminating knowledge silos.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Undertake and carry out the mentor’s roles and responsibilities.
  • Understand and shape the mentee’s roles, responsibilities and expectations.
  • Develop and apply a mentoring agreement with your mentee.
  • Develop and engage in a development discussion with your mentee.
  • Apply key communication and interaction skills in your relationship with mentees.
  • Meet your mentoring goals and handle challenges associated with the mentoring relationship.

Workshop 3B – Launching and Managing a Mentoring Program (1 four hour session):

Finding career mentors is important to both the employer and the employees. For the employers, it is important that it be a part of the fabric of an organization. This means that mentorship programs should be put in place to meet both succession planning needs and for organizational strategic purposes. While this appears to be daunting issue for companies, it is really not as difficult as it might appear. This course will outline a proven strategy to make this affordable and practical for organizations to accomplish.

Mentors may be individuals who provide, social, emotional and career support, guidance and are often experts in their fields. The key is matching the right mentor and mentee. The course will address successful ways to make this a win-win for the parties involved.

The course will outline how to launch, implement and run a mentorship program. This will include establishing the program length, guidelines for evaluating success, program oversight and program management. Participants will also examine potential barriers to success and discuss strategies to overcome hurdles. In addition, participants will come away with a “toolkit” of forms and templates that can be used to manage a mentoring program.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the objective(s) of a mentoring program
  2. Create a structure to launch and implement a mentoring program
  3. Outline eligibility requirements to ensure that both mentor and mentee have a positive experience.
  4. Identify barriers to success and strategies for overcoming hurdles
  5. Outline elements critical to success
  6. Select measures to assess program effectiveness

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