New Talent Solutions Connector seeks to help Cook County businesses find new potential employees – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – They bombarded job boards on the Internet and offered much higher salaries to no avail. Many employers are desperate to fill the gaping gaps in their workforce.
Were Work for Chicago, and always on the lookout for new ideas to help connect the dots of the work to the worker. Morning Insider Lauren Victory shares more information on an upcoming tool called â€œTalent Solutions Connectorâ€.
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From recruiting at a Halloween event to tempting prospects with candy – that is, big cash bonuses – we’ve seen employers try almost anything to scare off workers.
â€œWe advertised in as many different places as possible,â€ Patrice Brazil told CBS 2 in August. At this point, she was trying her luck at a city-run virtual career fair called “Hire Chicago 2021”, seeking to fill 100 positions at her company called Global flight services.
“It has helped a lot,” Brazil told us this week, referring to the initiative. Hire Chicago 2021 helped her fill 12 positions, with 9 more positions pending.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, which led Hire Chicago 2021, said it will follow up with the more than 270 companies that have participated in the project over the next month to get a feel for its success. It has attracted nearly 3,000 job seekers.
Meanwhile, the hunt for Brazil’s employees continues and what is known as the “Talent solutions connector” might help.
â€œI wouldn’t say it’s revolutionary. This only fills a need, â€said Dani Petrie, executive director of the Origami Works Foundation which funds the project privately.
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The Talent Solutions Connector is a new online directory for Cook County businesses that have failed to find employees through job fairs or online publications. The tool offers the possibility of finding diverse or â€œalternativeâ€ candidates that an employer might not have previously considered.
â€œMaybe they’ve had an eventful work history or a history of substance abuse or involvement in the law in the past,â€ Petrie said.
These potential workers are vetted and supported by suppliers who partner up and appear on the â€œTalent Solutions Connectorâ€ search engine.
One of the available services is called “Navigator in training”. A team from this organization is working with Anna Hebig from Aurora Health Advocate create a new apprenticeship program to recruit hospital cooks.
â€œThis is a ‘Earn by Learning’ program,â€ said Helbig, the hospital’s workforce development manager.
Culinary positions at the hospital had been difficult to fill in the past. â€œIt’s an innovative way to prepare these people to become chefs and cooks in our organization, which of course really helps our patients. “
The â€œTalent Solutions Connectorâ€ is available in beta now, with its official launch slated for November 2nd.
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Origami Works Foundation has partnered with Cook County’s Economic Development Office and the Chicagoland Workforce Funding Alliance to create the tool. The resources offered are available at a subsidized price to Cook County employers and, in many cases, are free.