ICR Career Collective Offers Rapid Response for Regional Workforce Needs
Jun 01, 2020
In March, ICR IOWA launched the ICR Career Collective, an initiative designed to offer a rapid response to the changing regional workforce needs given the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
“The ICR Career Collective offers unified support for our employers and workers who are experiencing changes in their employment due to COVID-19,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for ICR IOWA. “We are working closely with our partners to share timely workforce-related information and resources with employers, while also promoting job opportunities to individuals experiencing lay-offs due to the pandemic.”
The ICR Career Collective includes a web page, electronic newsletter, and a Facebook Group to support a rapid sharing of information among workforce partners, employers, and workers. Resources, social media and links to sign up and stay connected can be found at www.icriowa.org/icrcareercollective.
Employers who have immediate job openings can submit them via a simple form on the ICR Career Connective web page. Job seekers can review those opportunities on the web page and also in the ICR Career Collective Facebook Group. The page currently features 34 employers in ICR with immediate job opportunities.
“Over the past four weeks, our region has had over 34,000 unemployment insurance claims,” said Daly. “About 80% of those claims are COVID-19 related and the industries impacted include food service, retail, health and social assistance, manufacturing, and construction. We also have employers who are hiring and struggling to find the employees they need. We hope the Career Collective will offer some additional support and rapid connectivity for our workforce system.”