Going the extra mile to secure employment for participants.
Health Professions Opportunity Grants Buffalo Visit disclaimer page at the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium prepares individuals for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities along a career ladder. Over the five years of the grant, HPOG Buffalo lost contact with many participants after they completed a healthcare training. Staff phone calls and emails to reach out to past participants went unanswered. HPOG Buffalo was ready to try something new.
With the help of the HPOG Buffalo Data Specialist, the team looked up the unreachable participants in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) One Stop Operating System (OSOS). All prospective HPOG participants fill out paperwork to be registered into OSOS. It is populated with employment information from the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance. Once a person finds a job, their employment information is sent to the system. By searching the OSOS, HPOG Buffalo found 41 participant employment placements; 29 in the healthcare field. The staff checks the OSOS four to six times per year.
HPOG Buffalo uses the search results to congratulate participants for their professional success and retrieve previously unknown employment information. HPOG Buffalo found job information in OSOS for their participant, Kittrella. When they reached out to her, she provided the following update: “I have started working as a per diem registered nurse with Aveanna Healthcare doing COVID-19 testing for local school districts. I started about a month ago, and the rate of pay is $34 per hour.”
As staff reconnect with participants, they can provide new educational or employment opportunities and ultimately help them achieve self-sufficiency.
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