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WorkSource offers job training

Among the many services provided by WorkSource Whidbey are On-the-Job Training, Vocational Education, and an Internship Program for those who meet the income guidelines and have the desire to enhance their job skills. Located on Highway 20 in Oak Harbor, WorkSource Whidbey describes itself as a a one-stop office providing employment services to local businesses and to job seekers.

On-the-Job training allows an employer to hire an individual who would not be qualified without additional skills training. The employer hires the individual who then receives training for the skills needed to perform the job at entry level. The trainee is an employee of the company. As a regular employee, they receive wages and benefits at the same level as similarly employed workers. One of WorkSource Whidbey┬ĺs partners, the WorkForce Development Council (WDC), pays the employer a partial wage reimbursement for the cost of training for up to six months, and the employer agrees to retain the worker after the contract ends, provided the individual has performed successfully.

Vocational Education is a combination of classroom and hands-on training at one of the areas three community and technical colleges - Bellingham Technical College, Skagit Valley College or Whatcom Community College. Part-time vocational education enables the individual to increase skill levels in a specific occupation area in a short period of time, enhancing the prospect of securing full time employment in a particular field. Full time vocational education is a commitment to up to a two-year course of study in a particular occupational field.

A third service is the Internship Program. In an internship, an individual is placed in on-the-job training with a public, non-profit or private organization. That organization provides the intern with the opportunity to learn the workforce skills that local employers consider necessary for employment. An internship provides the opportunity to learn and demonstrate specific occupational and work skills while earning a wage. A successful internship will lead to a work reference, a key element in getting a job. To help ensure success, the WDC provides ongoing support through personal contact by a WorkSource staff.

WorkSource Whidbey offers many other job seeker and employer services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All services are no fee.

For information on these services, call WorkSource Whidbey at 675-5966.

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