An organization aims to help fill open skilled worker positions with Rockford’s young residents


    A recent study done by the state  found that thousands of young people in Rockford are out of school, and out of work.  At the same time skilled worker positions remain unfilled and open because employers are having a hard time finding suitable candidates.  The Workforce Connection held 815 Elevate Saturday afternoon to help bridge that gap.  Participants between 16 and 24 years old received info about job and education opportunities, along with possible financial assistants programs.  Organizers say, the main goal of elevate is to help these young people find their way in the world.

    “They might not even know what they want to do so we are helping that transition by providing training and providing an opportunity to do some employment and gain that experience.”, said career counselor Nick Bowers.

The Elevate program aids with transportation, child care, paid work experience and possible on the job training.

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