You need to grow your workforce to stay ahead, but keep the bottom line in check.  Every company is unique and has a learning curve before new employees can be productive.

Work-Based Learning

Offered in several formats based on the employer’s need, the common work-based learning is On-the-Job Training, or OJT for short. OJT and other work-based learning tools ease the cost and risk of the training phase for new hires.  Eligible companies can have part or all of the training costs covered for a pre-set period.  Combined with recruitment, screening, and placement solutions for new employees, OJT means big savings in time and money for growing your workforce.  The WIB’s Business Solutions team can meet with you to specify skills, recruit potential candidates, customize training plans, and assist with paperwork to help your workforce reach the next level.

  • Recruit Smarter:  Pre-screened and work-ready certified employees come prepared to learn and succeed.
  • Train Your Way:  The best ways to train are planned, organized, and conducted to your company’s standards.
  • User-Friendly:  Lower turnover, minimal paperwork, and simpler processes are combined with financial incentives for a win-win solution to your skill gaps.

Download this printer/tablet friendly one-page flyer on OJT.  For more information on OJT, call the Business Solutions Center at 1-855-JOBS-417 (562-7417) or by email.

Apprenticeship

Another powerful work-based learning tool is pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship. The local Job Centers are strong gateways to work-based learning through groups such as the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship, IBEW, Catholic Charities, and Crowder College. Pre-apprenticeships are typically six weeks or less to prepare entry-level workers to into any employer in one of the region’s targeted industry sectors. Registered Apprenticeship programs are typically longer and offered through one specific employer or organization.

ApprenticeshipUSA offers employers in every industry the tools to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business. For workers, ApprenticeshipUSA offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. ApprenticeshipUSA exemplifies high standards, instructional rigor, and quality training. Whether you are an employer looking to hire, train or retain a skilled workforce, or a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation, ApprenticeshipUSA will help you achieve your goals. For more information on apprenticeship, contact Frank Neely or Sherri Rhuems at the WIB.  

Training and Development Solutions

Through the MissouriWorks program, the Training and Development Solutions arm of Crowder College provides innovative services for positive, real- world impact for employers across the region. This impact is measured through actual performance improvements. These may come from customized training programs, open-enrollment courses or specialized consulting. We especially focus on programs that provide the largest return on investment for the workforce. Learn more about Crowder TDS >

Job Center Workshops

The Job Centers at Joplin, Monett, and Neosho routinely offer specialized workshops on workplace behaviors and career navigation skills. Workshops are open to all customers simply by registering at any of the Job Center locations. Visit the Job Center page for the latest workshop schedule along with Job Center locations and contacts.

Advanced Training and Technology Center

Located at 4th and Grand Avenue near downtown Joplin, the Advanced Training and Technology Center (ATTC) houses high-demand job training programs for Joplin’s first-ever campus location for Crowder College. The building also houses an expansion of incubator space to house business start-ups, a maker innovation space, and services through the Workforce Innovation Board (WIB). Trainees may be certified in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), Computer Networking (Microsoft Academy), Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Advanced Welding, or Community Health. Flexible class scheduling provides busy students the opportunity to take classes during the day. Classes are offered in an accelerated format allowing the student to complete a certification in one or two semesters.  Learn more about JATTC >