On the one hand, Ohio has students and job seekers considering new careers; and on the other hand, it has jobs, industries and skills that are in demand. In-Demand Jobs Week, which ends on Friday, is one way to help build a bridge between the two.
“We promote jobs that require short-term training or degrees where individuals can start earning $50,000 a year fairly quickly over the course of their careers,” said Theresa Alt, director of Area 10 Workforce Development. Board.
In Crawford County, many of those jobs are with Avita Health System, added Angela Neef, supervisor for OhioMeansJobs-Crawford County.
“We currently have training funds that we can use to help people get the skills they need for these in-demand jobs,” she said.
Avita has over 300 job descriptions
Jenny Reed is part of Avita’s Human Resources team, as Head of Recruitment and Engagement. She said it’s essential to let people know about jobs that are in demand.
“I think it’s important to accomplish our mission,” she said. “We really need to have an impact on our community; we need to be able to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. And so we need those people to be able to do that.”
Working with the county’s “phenomenal” workforce development team has allowed the health care system to reach more people, Reed said.
“They have programs that we were able to use,” she said. Working through them, an employee who joined Avita’s general maintenance team rose through the ranks to become an HVAC operator.
Kim Winkle, vice president of operations, said while filling nursing jobs is always a challenge, Avita struggles to fill entry-level positions such as environmental services.
“It’s a gateway into the system, with check-in, food and nutrition,” Winkle said. “But those are also the most difficult ones that he seems to fulfill.”
Some new employees leave quite quickly, she says,
“Other times we have success stories where they can start in one of the entry levels and after years they’ve ended up in a much better paying job and continued education through us. “, she said. like for the past two years, everything when it opens up is like, ‘Oh my God, where am I going to find more of these’, these types of people who have that skill.
“That’s the good thing; we have everything from entry level where you can have a high school diploma or GED to doctorates, so we have everything and anything. One of the best things is that you can pursue your studies, and depending on what it means we have opportunities to help do it.”
Young people entering the workforce need to be more aware of their options, Winkle said, because most people, when they think of hospital jobs, think of doctors and nurses. That’s it.”
But the hospital has more than 300 different jobs, they said. People don’t think of working in information services or as diabetes educators in the hospital.
“There are so many and that’s why the one thing I know Crawford County does well is the Wage Tours, where they take students to the different (workplaces) – not just the hospital. , but manufacturers and stuff like that, where you can say, “Hey, there’s not just one assembly line worker at the manufacturer. Or more than nurses and doctors in hospitals” , Winkle said.
“I kind of told people this: you find your passion for something that interests you, dive deep into it,” Reed said. “Because there are going to be several things in this umbrella.”
For example, someone might want to be a nurse, but there are many forms of nursing. In information technology, jobs include helpdesk analyst, network administration or system administration, she said. “There are just a lot of different things.”
Tuition and transportation assistance available
In many cases, people can get the training needed for these in-demand jobs close to home, Neef said.
“And if not, we also have a lot of different support services, so if someone had transportation issues, we have different programs that we can use to help provide transportation,” a- she declared. “We have a contract with SCAT here in Crawford County as well as Ohio Specialty and they can both provide transportation for our customers if they qualify.”
They can also get help with the cost of training.
“Of course there’s federal financial assistance for many programs, but in addition to that or if someone doesn’t qualify for Pell grants and such, we have training funds through a number of different sources, actually , which we can use to help someone,” says Neef. “That can be up to $7,500 a year. …
“A lot of them can be done in two years, so if you’re considering an LPN or even an RN, you can often do it in almost two years. It’s not a real long-term investment, which you can actually start making a lot of money.”
Those interested in more information about the startup should call the job center’s general front desk, 419-562-8066, Neef said. “They will be directed to a member of my staff who can get them started, talk to them a bit about the programs we have available, and then start to walk them through that process.”
“We’re here to help them – if they need information about the types of jobs that are actually in demand and well paid, if they need information about the prospects for those jobs, the type of salary, the type education they need for those jobs,” she said. “We can help them get that information, so they can make good decisions and choices while they’re thinking.
“We’re here to help people sort of find out what those in-demand jobs are. We can provide them with the resources and information they need to make smart decisions when considering what careers they want to pursue.” in terms of salary, jobs in the area, what kind of education they would need to get those jobs… It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together – trying to figure out what you like to do, what jobs are out there , what they pay and then again, what kind of education do you need to get those jobs.”
The job fair is May 12
The Crawford County Career Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, 610 Whetstone St. For more information, call 419-562-8066. Free transportation to the event is available; call 419-617-7191 by Tuesday to register.