Workforce Solutions Overview

Posted in: Workforce & Economy

Connecting Talent with Opportunity

Atlanta Regional WorkSource Georgia - Connecting Talent with Opportunity. A proud partner of the American Job Center networkBuilding and maintaining a skilled workforce is critical for the Atlanta region’s economy. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Workforce Solutions Division manages WorkSource Atlanta Regional, which provides services to help meet the needs of today’s employers and job seekers in Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.

WorkSource Atlanta Regional provides services at Career Resource Centers located throughout its seven-county service area. The Mobile Career Lab is also stationed weekly at convenient locations in the program area.

To find WorkSource programs elsewhere, visit the Georgia Department of Economic Development WIOA Career Centers page.

Contact information for WorkSource Atlanta Regional:

Workforce Services

Services for Businesses

WorkSource Atlanta Regional offers a range of services for businesses seeking a skilled workforce, including training and skills development for new and existing employees, assistance with employee recruitment, and data tools that provide insight into labor market trends.

Programs and services include:

  • On-the-job-training to attract and retain new talent
  • Incumbent worker training to help existing employees obtain the skills they need to stay competitive
  • Employee recruitment assistance, provided at no cost to the employer
  • Reimbursement for customized training to meet the specific needs of an employer
  • ‘Rapid Response’ assistance to help displaced workers get back to work as soon as possible

VIDEO – ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING

See how the On-the-Job-Training program helped Crazy Legs Video Production identify talented staff in their specialized field:

Services for Job Seekers

WorkSource Atlanta Regional provides a range of services for job seekers, including education and skills development. WorkSource Atlanta Regional operates local Career Resource Centers and the Mobile Career Lab, stationed weekly throughout the seven counties it serves.

Programs and services include:

  • Career assessment testing to identify potential career paths
  • Job readiness training in areas such as effective communication and problem solving that prepare clients to get, keep and excel at a new job
  • Job search training assistance that helps build strong resumes and interview skills
  • Assistance in locating approved training providers and registering for programs

WIOA Job Training Application

VIDEO – ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING

Shirley Foulk is one of WorkSource Atlanta Regional’s 2016 success stories:

NextGen Services – for ages 16-24

WorkSource Atlanta Regional’s NextGen program provides year-round workforce training and education program for people 16-24 years old who are interested in employment and/or training and live in Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. Participants must meet low-income guidelines and/or possess significant and defined barriers to education and employment.

VIDEO – ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING

Keimante Lyons discovered a career path with the help of the NextGen program:

Organization and Funding

The programs offered through by ARC’s Workforce Solutions division are funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a partner of the American Job Center network. These funds are administered in Georgia by the state Department of Economic Development, which oversees 19 WorkSource programs across the state, including WorkSource Atlanta Regional. Each local program is led by a local workforce development board that is charged with creating employment and training systems tailored to meet the specific needs of their local economies.

WorkSource Atlanta Regional, which is staffed by ARC and guided by the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board (ARWDB), is one of the five WorkSource programs in the 10-county Atlanta region. WorksSource Atlanta Regional serves customers in Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.

Workforce Planning

7-County WorkSource Atlanta Regional Plan

Workforce 7 County Map Every four years, the ARWDB submits a local plan to the Governor that provides a framework to achieve the area’s strategic goals. The plan also aligns and integrates efforts with other WorkSource programs across the Atlanta region.

7-County WorkSource Atlanta Regional Plan 

10-County WorkSource Metro Atlanta Plan

Workforce 10 County mapAs required by WIOA, the five local Workforce Development Boards in metro Atlanta developed an integrated, regional workforce plan for Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties and the City of Atlanta. The regional plan recommends a range of initiatives to prepare the workforce for today’s economy, concentrating on the region’s most in-demand sectors: healthcare, IT, and logistics, and doing so across geographic boundaries.

10-County WorkSource Metro Atlanta Plan