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NH Business: Looking for a new job? Are you changing careers? WorkReadyNH has you covered

Fred Kocher sits down with WorkReadyNH’s Martha Mott and Dawn Hamdy to talk about the program’s impact and potential in the Granite State



>> WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS, I’M FRED KOCHER. THOUSANDS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE LEFT THEIR JOBS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, IT’S CALLED THE GREAT RESIGNATION AND EMPLOYERS STILL WANT TO TAKE THOSE JOBS. THERE IS A NEW HAMPSHIRE PROGRAM, IT’S FREE, TO HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS DO THIS. HERE’S HOW MANY PEOPLE REPORTEDLY QUIT THEIR JOBS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THROUGH LAST NOVEMBER. 30,000, 4.5% OF THE WORKFORCE FOR BETTER PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS. STATE STREET QUARTERLY STRUGGLES HARDEST TO FIND JOBS SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT. AS OF THIS JUNE, NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS SEEING NOTABLE GAINS IN THE WORKFORCE AND A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE. YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE LINE IS THE LABOR FORCE, THE RED LINE IS EMPLOYMENT. AND YOU CAN SEE THE LINE DROP DOWN WHICH MADE 2020 WHERE WE HAD THESE– THOSE LOSSES AND NOW YOU CAN SEE THAT IN MAY 2022 WE’RE ALMOST BACK TO PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS. ONE OF THE REASON MAY BE NEW HAMPSHIRE JOB READINESS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR EMPLOYERS TRYING TO KILL JOBS AND RESIDENTS LOOKING FOR NEW JOB SKILLS OR A NEW CAREER AND IS FREE TRAINING FUNDED BY THE JOB TRAINING FUND. WITH ME TO TALK ABOUT IT, TWO OF HER SUPERVISORS, MARTHA, READY TO WORK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, PRINCIPAL AT RIVER VALLEY COLLEGE. AND WELCOME, MARTHA. AND ZORA FROM PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. WELCOME, GLAD TO HAVE YOU. THANK YOU. >> WITH SO MANY LEAVING THEIR JOBS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS AND SO MANY VACANCIES IN EVA STILL HAVE THEY HAD TO CHANGE FOR NEEDS? >> YES, FOR THOSE WHO ARE STARTING THEIR CAREERS OR FOR THOSE WHO ARE AT THE CROSSROADS IN THEIR CAREERS. FOR EXAMPLE, WE AT WORK, READY, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN HIGH SCHOOL, IN COLLEGE, JUST OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE AND ALSO MANY PEOPLE IN TRANSITION, COULD HAVE BEEN TEACHERS FOR MANY YEARS OR IN CONSTRUCTION FOR 20 YEARS AND THEY SAY I’VE HAD ENOUGH . I WANT TO CHANGE MY CAREER. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RETIRED AND WANT TO GET BACK INTO THE WORKFORCE AND HAVE DECIDED TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE JOB PROGRAM. SO WE HELP PEOPLE ASSESS THESE SKILLS, THEIR VALUES AND WHAT THEY ARE GOOD AT AND FIND A CAREER THAT WORKS FOR THEM AND ALSO WE INCLUDE MOTHERS’ INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL PROFESSIONALS SO PEOPLE CAN POLISH THEIR SKILLS FOR AN INTERVIEW. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES WE’VE MADE TO WORK READY NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS INCLUDING JN LINE AND ZOOM CLASSES SO WE HAVE A CLASS STARTING ALMOST EVERY WEEK AND WE CAN BE FLEXIBLE IN OFFERING OUR DAYS AND EVENINGS CLASSES SO PEOPLE FULLY BUSY OR UNEMPLOYED CAN TAKE A CLASS. >> IN THE PAST TWO YEARS HAVE THERE BEEN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR NEW PANS AND GETTING READY FOR WORK, NEW HAMPSHIRE? >> YES, WE CONSIDER WORK READY NEW HAMPSHIRE THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE STATE AND OUR JOB IS TO GET THE WORD OUT SO MORE PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR WORK READY NEW HAMPSHIRE. THIS PROGRAM IS BENEFICIAL TO ANY NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENT 16 OR OVER, REGARDLESS OF THEIR LEVEL OF EDUCATION, WORK EXPERIENCE OR EMPLOYMENT STATUS, AND THE PROGRAM HELPS EVERYONE GROW PROFESSIONALLY. WE WORKED WITH EMPLOYERS SUCH AS PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIP YARD. VARIOUS L AND A PROGRAMS AS WELL AS SEVERAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAMS AND REQUIRE INTERNS TO ENROLL IN JOB READY NEW HAMPSHIRE. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE SERVED OVER 400 APPRENTICES AND 4,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE STATE SINCE THE PROGRAM STARTED IN 2011 >> FOR ONE OF YOU, WHAT SKILLS ARE EMPLOYERS MOST LOOKING FOR AT THE MOMENT? >> OH DEFINITELY SOFT SKILLS. WORK READY NEW HAMPSHIRE HELPS PEOPLE DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN SKILLS WHICH INCLUDE INFORMATION SKILLS AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS ARE THE KEY SKILLS EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR IN CURRENT OR FUTURE EMPLOYEES AND TO HELP EMPLOYEES LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM. >> WELL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN YOU CAN– THE AUDIENCE CAN SEE CONTACTS, PHONE NUMBER EMAIL TO CONTACT READY TO WORK NEW HAMPSHIRE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IT’S FREE AND THAT’S THE KEY WORD HERE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> AND THEY WIN TWO CERTIFICATES, FRED, FOR THEIR SURVEY. >> AND THE ONLY THING THEY GET IS A CONFIDENCE BOOST. >> OF COURSE AND SO MY THANKS TO MARTHA RIVER VALLEY AND DAWN OF PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IF YOU MISSED PART OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE JOB READINESS BRIEFING, YOU CAN

NH Business: Looking for a new job? Are you changing careers? WorkReadyNH has you covered

Fred Kocher sits down with WorkReadyNH’s Martha Mott and Dawn Hamdy to talk about the program’s impact and potential in the Granite State

If you are looking for a job, a new career, or just want to improve your communication skills, then WorkReadyNH is the place for you. Program Directors Martha Mott and Dawn Hamdy join Fred Kocher in this week’s NH Business to discuss how the program works and the valuable skills it teaches.

If you are looking for a job, a new career, or just want to improve your communication skills, then WorkReadyNH is the place for you.

Program Directors Martha Mott and Dawn Hamdi join Fred Kocher in this week’s NH Business to discuss how the program works and the valuable skills it teaches.

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