New job placement program in West Virginia aims to help unemployed
Lost your job during COVID? Haven't been able to find a new job? Thanks to a partnership between Workforce West Virginia and Equus, help may be a phone call away.
These partners are currently offering a work placement program in the state of West Virginia that works with job seekers who were displaced during COVID-19 to overcome work-related issues and get back to work fast!
How can this job placement program help me?
Officially known as the National Health Emergency COVID-19 Dislocated Worker program, its mission is to place West Virginians who have lost their job during COVID in a temporary work placement for long-term success.
In addition to a temporary job in a location that works for the participant, job placements may include:
- Securing shelter for better work stability
- Reliable transportation to and from the job
- Childcare arrangements
Job placements can last up to 12 months, 1,040 hours, or through June 2022 (whichever is the soonest), but some jobs may offer permanent employment when the program ends.
What jobs are available?
Regional program partners will assist participants with finding a job in one of the 65 work sites in West Virginia that help communities get through the pandemic. COVID-related jobs such as:
- Contact tracers
- Information/file clerks
- Shuttle drivers
- And more...
How do I get started in the work placement program?
STEP 1: Make a phone call
Call the program contact at 877-304-4574 or request to schedule an assessment via email: [email protected] The initial call will be approximately 20 - 30 minutes to determine if you meet the program criteria.
- Job loss / layoff due to COVID-19
- Unemployed for at least 13 weeks
- Partial employment with a loss of 80% (or more) of pre-COVID wages
STEP 2: Partner for the placement
Participants will work with the assigned partner in their region for their placement. Job availability depends on location. Specific jobs may have additional requirements but the program does provide demand occupation training - to set up participants for long-term success.
STEP 3: Start the job!
During the placement period, participants will be considered Equus employees, however, participants may be offered permanent positions after the placement period.
Equus is there to support program participants throughout the placement.
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This article is sponsored by WorkForce West Virginia. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.
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