Connecting Talent with Opportunity
Building 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.
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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
Workforce Development Board Honors
Workforce Development Board Honors 2017 Outstanding Businesses and Job Training Participants
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
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.
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.
7-County WorkSource Atlanta Regional Plan
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.
10-County WorkSource Metro Atlanta Plan
As 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.