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Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., Taylor Mazdra provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Taylor is the Marketing and Communications Specialist with the Cape Chamber. 0000017b-d583-d84a-afff-fdd77fc70000Local support for Let's Talk Business comes from First Midwest Bank -- offering banking solutions for all stages of life. Online at onemidwest.com. Member FDIC.

Let's Talk Business: Looking for Employees in Outside Traditional Labor Pools

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As the competition for workers remains fierce, employers are looking outside traditional labor pools.

In the Cape/Jackson metro area, there are more open positions than available workers. We are urging employers to look at various non-traditional sources for help. A couple of these methods are gaining support and having some results here and in other areas of the state.

Missouri is home to many veterans looking to re-enter the workforce when they complete their service to our country. These workers have a proven work ethic and a variety of valuable skills, training, and specialized education. The Missouri Division of Workforce Development is poised to help employers through the Missouri Job Centers. They offer a program called Show-Me-Heroes On-the-Job-Training. The program will reimburse 50% of the wages of workers for up to one thousand forty hours of OJT. Employers can participate if the position is permanent and full time – at least 32 hours a week and you participate in E-Verify.

Another non-traditional labor pool is ex-offenders. Now, don’t shut me out. Many employers are finding out giving people a second chance can have great benefits. Missouri Department of Corrections offers numerous rehabilitation services and technical training. These include programs in auto mechanics, welding, building trades, certified nurse’s assistant, culinary arts, diesel mechanics, plumbing, and the list goes on. Missouri Department of Probation and Parole will help find a fit for your business.

Remember, a tight labor market calls for innovative solutions.

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