The NALWDB adult and dislocated worker programs are developed with a singular goal: to provide high quality services to our communities that will help move people into a better life, assistance with opportunities providing access to higher paying jobs that will provide the self-sufficient wages needed to flourish in the 21st Century and relevant skills development to become a more valuable employee. To accomplish this, the NALWDB’s adult service provider, SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc., operates workforce and education programs and collaborates closely with its partners and local employers to develop a strong business-driven workforce system.
This workforce system provides for resources and opportunities for job seekers and business customers and is complemented by other important programs such as On-the-Job Training, Customized Training, and Individual Training Accounts, as well as assessment and self-directed learning tools to assist in upgrading skills that result in entry or re-entry into the labor market.
Dislocated workers and adults are offered classes in resume writing, labor market research, on-line application completion, and mock interviewing to help prepare for the job hunt. Full assessments are used to help determine skill levels required for desired occupations. When skill upgrade is required participants are either paired up with free, on-line courses, KeyTrain or PLATO (as needed) or if additional training is required, they may be referred to WIOA for assistance with Classroom Training costs or with On-the-Job Training. All participant work histories are reviewed to determine transferrable skills that may be valued in alternate industries and occupations. Individual Employment Plans are developed using the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System (NMWCOS) to help clearly identify goals and objectives leading to employment and retention. This is an extensive process requiring labor market and training provider research paired with objective assessment to help the job seeker clearly build a pathway to success. All care is taken to assure full support of the job seeker either in the dislocated worker or adult category as they transition back to the workforce.
Skills Assessment: Assess career interests, work readiness and work values pertaining to an array of careers.
Job Search Assistance: Learn about different occupations, conducting a job search, preparing a resume, interviewing techniques, researching company information, contacting employers, and conducting follow-up on submitted applications and resumes.
On-line Accessibility: We provide computers so you can find jobs in your town or county, match your skills with the jobs that are available right now, create resumes and cover letters, send job opportunities to your email account, and more. You can also apply for unemployment benefits.
Resource Room: Browse written and electronic materials on resume writing and occupations, read more about various careers, obtain labor market information, find apprenticeships and job opportunities.
Workshops: We offer workshops on a number of topics, including
We can help youth explore careers, assess needs, search for jobs, explore training, prepare for the GED, find internships, find financial assistance, obtain mentoring, etc.
On-line Resources: Visit the State's Job Seeker Services site to find jobs in your town or county, match your skills with the jobs that are available right now, create resumes and cover letters online, send job opportunities to your email address, etc. Free registration is required for some of the services.
You may also visit the federal government's Career One-Stop site to learn more about high-growth, high income-earning jobs and the type of education they require
Supporting the Workforce to Meet the Needs of Businesses in Northern New Mexico
Employers in Northern New Mexico face many challenges in keeping up with hiring skilled and motivated workers to meet their needs. New Mexico Workforce Connection offices are a one-stop resource for finding competent employees to meet the diverse needs of the various businesses in Northern New Mexico.
The New Mexico Workforce Connection staff has developed and nurtured valuable business connections to help serve businesses throughout Northern New Mexico. A varied assortment of services are tailored and specialized to ensure that these businesses accomplish results based on the business-driven structure fostered by each Office.
Employer Access to Workforce Connection Centers: The New Mexico Workforce Connection offers employers access to qualified, trained, pre-screened applicants and resources at one location.
On-line Convenience: Employers are often too busy to be occupied with hiring needs during regular business hours. On-line you can: define skills and post job orders to find potential candidates; research labor market information on salaries and economic data; set up a virtual recruiter search agent to automatically find candidates within New Mexico that match the job skills of the job order; and communicate with job seekers, case managers, training providers and others within the system. Email registration is required for some of the services (see Business Services).
Qualified Applicant Referrals: Applicants are pre-screened so employers can immediately view specific skills, work history and dependability of potential hires.Learn about our skills-based assessments and contact our Business Services team.
On-the-Job Training: We provide job training services for underemployed individuals. Employers who hire an eligible individual under a job training contract will be reimbursed for 50% of that employee's wages for the length of their contract, with the optimum result being permanent, full-time employment of the individual upon completion of the training period.
Job Fairs: We have the capability to set up job fairs to showcase your company so that potential employees can find out first-hand what your business has to offer.
Layoff Assistance: We can assist in addressing mass layoffs by providing services to workers dislocated by plant closures and layoffs, as well as provide regular dislocated worker activities.