Kentucky has launched a new workforce initiative called Worksmart Kentucky that aims to be a one-stop shop for businesses looking to find and develop skilled workers.
Using a statewide network of teams staffed by business service specialists, Worksmart Kentucky will work with both new and existing companies to match their needs with available workforce resources.
Qualifying companies within Kentucky will receive recruitment and job screening services free of cost, regardless of the size or location of the company within Kentucky.
Worksmart professionals will identify the specific needs of each company, come up with customized and flexible recruitment and training solutions, and implement them in a timely fashion.
The initiative is a partnership between the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Labor Cabinet, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
The Worksmart Kentucky website offers resources divided into categories such as pre-employment, workforce training and links to specific workforce initiatives.
The pre-employment section explains how the Worksmart KY team can help with recruitment and job placement, workforce assessment, labor market information, job posting, pre-apprenticeship and pre-employment training.
The workforce training section provides details about applying for training incentives, training and grant funding opportunities, OSHA and safety training, and registered apprenticeship training.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said in a statement that companies just want results and don‚Äôt care about agency or program names. Gov. Beshear said that by strategically aligning the state‚Äôs workforce resources, they are now able to provide a comprehensive solutions-based approach to Kentucky‚Äôs workforce delivery system.
Last year, the State and its workforce partners provided training for nearly 85,000 Kentucky residents in various sectors. Pre-employment services were provided to more than 2,650 companies and over 95,000 individuals.
Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes said the numbers show that Kentucky is already leading the charge in employee recruitment and development, and Worksmart Kentucky will allow the Commonwealth to further build on that success by aligning resources.
Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts said the initiative provides a chance for the government, business and industry to work together for assuring that Kentucky‚Äôs workforce possesses the skills required to meet the needs of employers.
KCTCS President Michael B. McCall said Worksmart Kentucky builds on their existing partnerships and programs, and will position Kentucky¬†to be recognized as a national leader in creating innovative approaches for meeting the needs of citizens as well as industry and business.