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Dave Phillips, Talent Manager, and Dina Stuck, HR Director, hold GW Lisk's 5% Pledge Certificate.

Dave Phillips, Talent Manager, and Dina Stuck, HR Director, hold GW Lisk’s 5% Pledge Certificate.

FAME 5% Pledge – Sign up today!

Building the Pipeline for our Regional Advanced Manufacturing Sector

To succeed, manufacturers need a skilled workforce, strong business model, leadership and a thriving community. In the Rochester region, poverty and unemployment are increasing. It has become a challenge to find qualified workers. Now is the time to unite and pledge to expand our workforce and long-term prosperity as business leaders in the community.

Make the 5% Pledge!

We are asking you to pledge 5% of your current workforce to the future. That means that for every 100 employees in your organization, you will strive to provide five temporary positions for interns, high school students, and/or the long-term unemployed as a method of exposing them to the manufacturing culture through experience. In turn, these workers will gain valuable skills and experience to guide them as they become the workforce of tomorrow.

All information was taken from the FAME website. Visit the link below for more information:

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August Business of the Month is…

GENEVA HOMES!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Geneva Homes is August’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

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Khris Field accepts the Business of the Month certificate.

Located in Waterloo, NY, Geneva Homes has been building quality affordable manufactured and modular homes in the Finger Lakes areas for over 60 years.  Family owned and operated since 1965, owners Jeff & Kathy Padlick and Kassandra & Khris Padlick Field are always available to assist their customers. In addition to providing customers with superior special order products for manufactured homes, Geneva Homes also provides personalized service and support from their certified home sales and installation team.

To help Geneva Homes develop their workforce they have partnered with the Business Services Team at Finger Lakes Works. Finger Lakes Works staff have helped Geneva Homes find workers through the posting and matching services available through the New York State Job Bank. Additionally, to help with training, Geneva Homes has used the On the Job Training (OJT) program customized to meet both the requirements of the employer and the training needs of the employee.  The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Working with small business is at the heart of what we do,” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Geneva Homes as they continue to grow and contribute to our local economy.”

Info Session for CDL-A Training!

Information Session:  165 hour CLD-A Training Class Cohort

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES in Conjunction with Genesee Valley BOCES

Friday, August 11, 9:00 AM

BOCES Operations and Maintenance Center

74 Circle Drive, Newark, NY (The last building “in the back” of the old DDSO Campus across Maple Ave from the BOCES Main HQ)

Classes begin 9-16-2016 and run to 11-18-2016

Come learn about what it takes to drive the Big Rigs.

Department of Labor Grant funding for tuition IS AVAILABLE for qualified people.  Inquire through the County Finger Lakes Works! Career Centers.

School Officials:  Component Districts can utilize non-instructional COSER 602.

Please RSVP to 315-332-7311 by August 9 to reserve your spot in the information session

July Community Partner of the Month is…

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is July’s “Community Partner of the Month” recognizing their  efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to address workforce issues impacting the region.

Lynn Freid and Bob Trouskie receiving the award on behalf of the Workforce Development Institute.

Lynn Freid and Bob Trouskie receiving the award on behalf of the Workforce Development Institute.

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) began in 2003 as a partner to the NYS AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. Their role has since evolved and they now focus more broadly on the growth and retention of good jobs in New York State through a variety of mechanisms. Their work is often accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government. WDI works regionally to identify targeted strategies that address workforce development opportunities and challenges. These strategies can include partnerships, training and/or funding.

In the Finger Lakes Region WDI is a regular sponsor of “Finger Lakes Works with Their Hands” an annual career exploration event coordinated through the FLWIB that has allowed thousands of high-school students to experience careers in skilled trades and advanced manufacturing over the last ten years.  Additionally, WDI has provided scholarships for the Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training program offered through Finger Lakes Community College at GW Lisk and ITT Gould’s Pumps. WDI also works directly with local businesses, like Rush Machinery, to assist the company with the development of an update to the company’s internal software package, which drives the machines used for production.  WDI is also working with SSD Badge, LLC to upgrade of the company’s server while helping out with training costs so that the company can attain ISO certification.

“WDI is an important partner locally, regionally and statewide” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “Their investments in people and companies have made an important difference here in the Finger Lakes and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

June Business of the Month is…

GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES OF GENEVA, NY!!

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GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that Guardian Industries, located in Geneva, NY is June’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc. presents the award to Rebecca Farrington (center) and Shawn Pollock, HR-Generalist’s at Guardian Industries in Geneva.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc. presents the award to Rebecca Farrington (center) and Shawn Pollock, both are HR-Generalist’s at Guardian Industries in Geneva.

Guardian Industries produces high performance glass for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. Guardian’s glass is found in homes, offices and cars and in some of the world’s most iconic projects. Their energy-efficient, low-E-coated glass is designed to meet the toughest architectural and aesthetic challenges.

Producing high performance glass takes a highly skilled workforce.  To help find these workers Guardian accesses the services of Finger Lakes Works. Open Recruitments through FL WIB’s Career Centers and annual job fair events are just a couple of strategies Guardian has used to help them find qualified applicants.  Additionally, Guardian uses pre-employment testing services known as Work Keys, administered through Finger Lakes Works, to help ensure the new employees have the right skills for Guardian’s positions.  Guardian is also a member of FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise) a regional industry group focused on building a world-class workforce here in the Finger Lakes.

“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is proud to recognize Guardian Industries for their partnership in developing and maintaining a strong workforce in our community for over 18 years ”, said Karen Springmeier, Director of Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc.  “We have worked with them since their first outreach and recruitment sessions and look forward to working with the company as they continue to grow in our area.”

May Business of the Month is…

MCGREGOR VINEYARD OF DUNDEE, NY!!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that McGregor Vineyard, located in Dundee, NY is May’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

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Karen Springmeier (right), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to John McGregor of McGregor Vineyard.

McGregor Vineyard is one of the oldest vinifera grape growers with the first vineyards planted in 1971. The winery was founded in 1980 by Bob and Marge McGregor who are considered   true pioneers of vinifera wines in the Finger Lakes.  John McGregor, son of Bob and Marge McGregor is the second generation running the vineyard and winery.

A member of the FL WIB since 2014 John McGregor has been active on the board’s Youth Committee and has participated in various activities such as the Employer Panel discussion for high-school counselors focused on careers in the Agro-Tourism industry.  Most recently John served on the planning committee that coordinated the first annual career exploration event in agriculture entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” Career Day! The event took place in April and saw 200 local high school students from 13 local school districts.  McGregor Vineyard also participated in the event with a booth talking about grape growing and wine making in the Finger Lakes.

“We are fortunate to have a partner like John who actively participates in the development of the emerging workforce in our area” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.