Just a few weeks ago, National Able Network began operating as the One-Stop Operator and the provider of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) adult and dislocated worker services for Greater Omaha. WIOA, which is part of the federally funded public workforce system, helps millions of Americans find new careers, stable employment, and become or remain self-sufficient.
“We’re proud to have been selected, and we look forward to making the workforce center a hub of great services for the community,” said Bridget Altenburg, President & CEO of National Able Network.
Although Omaha’s current unemployment rate is low at just 2.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it presents a unique challenge for the public workforce system because for every open job, there is only one person to fill it. This means that typically there are more jobs than people for in-demand industries. One way National Able Network’s presence in Omaha will assist in preparing the right individuals for their dream job is through skills and job training.
For example, the technology sector is growing so rapidly in Omaha that many tech employers state there are not enough workers to meet demand. But through the one-stop center, National Able Network will help connect job seekers with skills training, then connect them with technology employers who are looking to hire. In this way a one-stop center helps facilitate a pipeline between job seekers and employers, which ultimately leads to an expansion of opportunities and economic success.
In addition to these services National Able Network will also provide services such as resume reviews, career coaching, connections to local employment, education referrals, and more.