The tech industry in Idaho is clearly growing, so what better way to stand out from your competition than to become more educated in your field? Here at Integra PaperLESS, we decided to reach out to the Idaho Department of Labor in search of an IT professional who could help us add an extra level of expertise towards our internal and customer support needs.
…excellent programs that qualified individuals can partake in to enhance their employment opportunities
Joe Roche started with us at the beginning of May, and has since become an enormous asset to the Integra PaperLESS family. So what set Joe apart from all of the other applicants? After reviewing his resume, we noticed that he not only had great experience, but he was determined to be proactive and separate himself from the competition through the use of multiple programs the Idaho Department of Labor offered.
The Professional Networking Group (PNG), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and FutureForce are just a few of the excellent programs offered by the Labor Department that qualified individuals can partake in to enhance their employment opportunities. The WIOA is a federally funded program that provides training to adults, low-income and out-of-school youth, and dislocated workers. The TAA, also federally funded, focuses more on just those workers who have lost their jobs as a result of outsourcing or foreign trade.
In Joes’ case he decided to utilize PNG and FutureForce to help in his job search efforts. Through the PNG he was able to network and learn from his peers and their experiences in the community, as well as receive frequent notifications of new local job openings. FutureForce on the other hand is more of a field specific education program directed at individuals wanting to get a Salesforce Administration certification. The program consists of a partnership among the Idaho Department of Labor, Meridian Library, and SAAS Focus. Joe is still active in the program and will complete the 12 weeks of training in July.
We couldn’t be happier with the results that Joe has produced thus far, and look forward to future prospects that the Idaho Department of Labor might have in store for us. As for paving the way to paperLESS jobs, we believe that using programs like these to your advantage will without a doubt give you or your business that “one up” in this rapid growing tech industry in Idaho.