The Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) was created in 2006 to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and create future economic growth for the state. GOWD implements the Governor’s workforce development policy and serves as staff to the Georgia Workforce Investment Board.
GOWD works with high-level workforce and employment issues to help Georgia be competitive economically. It focuses on soft-skill education for career success.
Go Build Georgia is an awareness campaign that educates young people about skilled trades and how to pursue a career in these fields. Current business projections indicate that Georgia will need around 16,500 skilled trade workers in the next year and 82,000 by 2016. Considering this and the fact that skilled labor positions are the most difficult jobs to fill, the Go Build Georgia initiative is imperative for our state.
GOWD is working to create a statewide partnership to address the availability of craft labor professionals in Georgia over the next generation.
Operation: Workforce, found at www.operationworkforce.com, offers a variety of services specifically geared to assist military personnel on the home front. Veterans can sign up and create a profile detailing their military training, education, and experience allowing potential employers to find those individuals best suited for their job openings. Veterans can also browse a list of jobs posted by Georgia employers. In addition, there is also an interactive map tool. Simply entering your zip code, city, or just selecting your county instantly delivers a map showing the location of all the employment and veteran services in your area.
Operation: Workforce is not just for veterans; there are resources for employers too. The website features the “Pledge to Support Georgia Veterans.” Employers can sign this pledge to publicly commit to providing opportunities to Georgia’s veteran community, such as increased occasion of interviews and enhanced hiring opportunities.
HB 188, signed by Governor Deal in April 2013 and implemented in December 2013, helps recently discharged veterans find employment in fields they might already have qualifications for. Governor Deal, the Governor's Office of Workforce Development and Georgia's Secretary of State Office all worked together to see this bill come to fruition.
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