Last updated: January 21. 2014 2:48PM - 470 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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The Preble County Department of Job and Family Services will be under going a change in terms of its name and logo.

The federally-funded county office will be experiencing a name change to be able to achieve a level of consistency in the Ohio counties’ Job Center names. John Abrams, Employment Counselor with the Preble County Department of Job and Family Services, explains that employers are finding it difficult to locate each county’s Job Services Department.

The new name: Ohio Means Jobs Preble County, will provide the business community and job-seekers alike with the unity needed to be successfully employed.

However, even with the name change, the services being offered within will remain the same. “We’re still a part of Job and Family Services, and we always will be,” said Abrams. “Everything will be consistent on what we do.”

Matters such as personnel within the office will also remain the same.

A key factor in the name change will bring those using the www.ohiomeansjobs.com website the accessibility to locate information regarding job postings and other important information within the appropriate county. Abrams also explained that it is not only job-seekers who take advantage of their services, but employers as well. Employers are able to post job ads, filter through applicable resumes for various positions, as well as be in contact with the department in the county.

All services online are free to users.

Training is offered through the Job Center for more vocational-based jobs such as truck driving, and other skilled trades.

Abrams expressed the importance for job seekers to be unemployed for a minimal amount of time, saying that the more time someone has been out of the workforce, the more negatively it will affect the job seeker’s ability to become hired.

The last monitored unemployment rate for Preble County was 6.9 percent unemployment. Abrams explained that historically, this percentage is high, however compared to the time of the recession, the number is “much better.” He explained the number then was between 12 and 13 percent.

Many partners of the Preble County Job and Family Service Center utilize the services of the center, including Veteran Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the State of Ohio.

The Job Center utilizes a program, “WorkKeys,” an assessment program run by ACT, to measure specific abilities for individuals which are necessary for the “real world” skills employers believe are critical to job success. The assessment aims to target skills such as communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and personal skills.

The ACT test is offered at many ACT Center sites nationwide. Abrams said the pilot project is the umbrella in which WorkKeys is under. “Only two counties in Ohio have been accepted into the pilot project, Preble and Lucas, and that’s pretty good.”

All amenities offered at the Job Center are considered self-serve.

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