The Whistle Post

Ensuring that nonprofits and their partners are well positioned to meet the needs of communities is a complex challenge. This is the Whistle Post, a podcast covering the world of workforce and community development with the people who are making it happen. Join us as we explore industry crossroads, milestones and the critical work of leaders and those on the front-lines of issues impacting our communities. If you seek to maximize the impact of a non-profit or community organization, or just want to hear some great advice, this podcast is for you.

Listen to conversations covering the world of workforce and community development with the people who are making it happen. We will sit down with industry leaders and staff on the front lines of initiatives that are making a difference in people’s lives.

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Long-term Unemployment, A Reality For Many

September 30 2020 – Most everyone knows someone who became unemployed at some point during their career. However, not everyone easily finds their way back to a work. When you are out of work, you can face many different types of barriers to landing a new job.  Some need to develop new skills, while others have to overcome bias regarding their time out of work.

Job loss created by COVID-19 has steadily increased the number of people experiencing long-term unemployment. In this episode, we meet three people who share their experience with unemployment and job search. We also uncover Platform to Employment, a program that is helping put the long-term unemployed back to work.

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MaturityWorks: Keeping Talent In The Workforce

July 7 2020 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2024 — just few years from now — 13 million people age 65 and older will still be working. These older workers will constitute the fastest-growing segment of the workforce. Older workers are a valuable part of any organization and as many companies struggle to find experienced, qualified workers, older individuals are available and willing to fill those gaps.

In this episode we hear from Gloria Hailey of MaturityWorks, a program that helps people, increase their job skills through paid community service in local non-profit organizations. During the MaturityWorks experience, participants, build self-confidence, earn a modest income. and frequently find permanent employment. For more information on MaturityWorks visit, www.workplace.org/maturityworks

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Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County

June 2020 – We are speaking with Sarah Lewis and exploring why Dress for Success is about so much more than a suit. Sarah is the Director of Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County which helps disadvantaged women achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. To learn more about Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County visit https://midfairfieldcounty.dressforsuccess.org/ or on Facebook @DressForSuccessMidFairfieldCounty

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The American Job Center Network

April 2020 – American Job Centers (AJC) are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers and employers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014. The centers offer access to job training, career counseling, job listings, and can help employers with recruiting skilled talent and maintaining their workforce. Customers can visit one of over 2,000 centers across the country in person or connect online. Nestor Leon, VP of Operations for The WorkPlace provides insights into these services and innovations that can be found in an AJC.

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Jim Oliviera MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

March 2020 – Jim Oliviera heads up the workforce system in New Bedford, MA. In this conversation he discusses the partnership that have helped his system flourish, changing demographics of the region and emerging industries

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Joe Carbone – Leading Non-Profit Growth

March 2020 – Join Tom Long as he sits down with Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace to explore his vision on growing a local non-profit into a nationally recognized leader in creating innovative workforce programs.

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