We were very happy to learn about Northwest Workforce Council’s On-The-Job Training program several years ago. Our work in solar energy is specialized so we’re rarely able to find new staff who already have the skills they’ll need to do the work. Training new staff from scratch is time consuming and costly, but the On-The-Job Training program has helped us bring on and up-skill new employees more affordably. Northwest Workforce Council shares the same commitment we have at Ecotech Solar, to support the local workforce and keep jobs here.
~ Dana Brandt / Ecotech Solar
The On-the-Job training (OJT) program has been a huge benefit to us. The OJT program allows us to take “green students” that have schooling but no practical on the job training, or are re-training from another job, and put them into our work team and complete their education on the job. We have been able to hire a new employee and bring them up to speed so that they become a profitable asset to our company. The Northwest Workforce Council has been an invaluable tool for us as they are able to give the support to the employee and the employer. It is a win/win.
~ Bob J Crabtree, Owner / Lynden Sheetmetal, Inc.