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Carlsbad launches employment readiness pilot program

CARLSBAD — The city, chamber of commerce and private partners launched a new employment readiness pilot program on August 15.

According to Sarah Zaner of the Drucker Institute, one of the company’s partners with the city, the Carlsbad Job-Readiness Room program connects the “last and first mile” between job seekers and employers for entry-level positions.

Candidates must complete at least 15 hours of training, but participating companies guarantee an interview.

The program’s pseudo-headquarters will be in two city libraries — the Cole and Dove branches — as Zaner said libraries have become more of a gathering place for would-be workers since the pandemic.

Although this is only a pilot program at this stage, Matt Sanford, the city’s economic development manager, said the industries included are hotels and restaurants, manufacturing and administration of desk.

“One of the things we’ve seen … is workers are hard to come by, especially with entry-level workers with low unemployment and this big shakeup,” Sanford said. “It’s just a tight labor market. In response, the City of Carlsbad sees there is a role to play…to support our businesses and our workers. This role to play is to create a stronger pipeline and connectivity between workers and businesses. »

At the libraries, the Job Readiness Room will provide resources for potential workers, such as easier access, no internet connection to connect to job training, and guaranteed interviews.

Sanford said hope is for a stronger, better-skilled and better-retained pipeline of workers.

Over the past three months, there have been more than 15,000 unique job openings in the city, which translates to more jobs than workers, according to Sanford. who said the program would not only be a potential benefit for Carlsbad, but also for North County workers.

Zaner said the Drucker Institute uses Bendable, an online platform for a lifelong learning program run by public libraries.

“What Bendable does is give libraries a tool to help customers discover the content they care about, the right teaching style, and around the right topics,” Zaner said. “It’s super important and applicable to everyone.”

The institute first rolled out the program in South Bend, Ind., about a year earlier and has since launched it in several other cities in California, including Carlsbad, which is considered a “beta city” for the program. employment readiness pilot.

According to Zaner, the Drucker Institute recognizes that libraries and librarians are playing an increasing role in supporting the local workforce.

“At the entry-level employment level where people are taking their first steps in their workforce development journeys, they often come to public libraries,” Zaner said. “Public libraries are becoming the last mile of equitable broadband access and the first mile of workforce development for many people.”

The institute and the city are also partnering with Lightcast, a company working for economic prosperity and mobility.

For companies interested in participating in the Carlsbad Job-Readiness Room program, email [email protected]

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