El Dorado: Working Hard To Train a Better Prepared Workforce (Workforce Development | Winner, 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

In addition, the South Arkansas Workforce Training and Education Consortium plans training curriculum, sets training schedules, determines education and training providers, and determines fees. Its members include Lion Oil, El Dorado Chemical, Entegra, DuPont, Clean Harbors, Del-Tin Fibers, Chemtura and Amercable.

The Contractor Safety Training Orientation Program (C-STOP) is a collaborative effort of local businesses to provide uniform and consistent training of contract workers on the orientation level at petrochemical and energy plants.

Last year, the Chamber created an internship program along with many local employers and expanded existing programs at other businesses. The program, funded initially by the Murphy Foundation, provides students with professional experience and provides participating companies with an additional recruiting tool.

“The end result ultimately is to expand the qualified workforce in south Arkansas, which in turn will strengthen our existing employer base and help lure more companies to the area,” said Kimberly Eller, director of communications for the Chamber. “In addition, this initiative will help us keep more of our grads home after college.”

The city is also marketing its commitment to workforce development. Print ads, direct mail pieces and billboards promote the use of interns and the city’s GoElDorado.com website, launched in December of 2011. Since going live, the site has attracted more than 221,000 page views, with more than 62,000 of them to the site’s virtual job fair.

Eller said El Dorado will continue to develop innovative ways to strengthen its workforce.

“Our ultimate goals are to provide a skilled workforce for employers in Union County and communicate employment opportunities to both residents of the area and those interested in relocating here,” she said.



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