Workforce Development

CEA works with various Workforce Development Boards (WDB's) to successfully expand employer resources within local business communities. To see the work CEA has been doing with WDBs over the past decade, click here.

California Employers Association's Statewide Reach:  Our staff of HR experts, located throughout the state of California, provide HR solutions on-site and over the phone to employers every day.

We work closely with the California Workforce Association (CWA) to provide training for staff at local career centers (America's Job Centers). CEA also offers a program certifying facilitators in Global Career Development.

CEA's Scope of Services

How CEA works with WDB's:

  • Human Resource (HR) Hotlines.  Available for business owners 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Our hotlines are dedicated to quickly answering human resources questions (2 hr call back).
  • Business engagement activities, such as topic specific seminars, webinars, audio conferences and workshops for the business community. 
  • Development of employment boot camps which connect job seekers to employers looking to hire.
  • Recruitment Screening Services
  • Outplacement services designed to assist businesses with layoffs and job seekers with employment skills and opportunities.
  • Facilitation of focus groups designed to provide vital input to career centers throughout the state.
  • Implementation of professional networking groups for job seekers (at high skill levels) which connect them with hiring employers.

CEA's Success Rates

City of Avenal:  2002 to present, CEA has provided a CEA Membership for the city’s administrative office.

San Bernardino WDB: 2010 to present, CEA has been hosting educational forums and an HR Hotline for local employers. Over 900 businesses have attended the workshops and hotline has received over 1000 calls.

Golden Sierra WDB: 2009 to present, CEA has been facilitating a 16 week training program for Highly Skilled Professionals called Professional Edge. Combined with SETA programs, more than 700 people have participated with an 80% hire rate and an average minimum wage of $55,000!

Sacramento (SETA) WDB: 2011 to present, CEA has facilitated multiple Professional Edge training programs.  Combined with GSWDB programs, more than 700 people have participated with an 80% hire rate.
2003 – 2007, CEA Hosted 21 employment boot camps in construction, manufacturing and customer service, 208 candidates graduated with a 79% hire rate and an 85% retention rate!

Fresno County: 2014  to present, CEA facilitates a Professional Edge Training Program.

Yolo County: 2014 to 2016, CEA  facilitated Professional Edge Training Programs.    

Contra Costa County: 2006‐2008, CEA provided business enhancement support and layoff aversion outreach services to 354 businesses via Human Resource hotlines and on‐site educational seminars.

Professional Edge Programs

Professional Edge Programs

Project Hired

California Employers Association (CEA) and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) a division of Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc. (VVC) are seeking sponsorship for a 16-week training specifically designed for Veterans entering the challenging job market.

Our customized program assists veterans in their transition with post-military careers. For many veterans the transition from military to civilian life is difficult and many have returned to find there are few jobs available.

The VETNet Forum provides transition assistance by leveraging experiences and providing peer support. Professional Edge Veterans workshops provide an array of career development services to prepare the returning veterans for successful careers. CEA’s Professional Edge programs resulted in 80% of their participants hired in the last fiscal year with salaries averaging over 50K.The Veteran Business Outreach Center, a division of VVC and CEA need you to help put our veterans back
to work.

Employment Boot Camp/Fast Start Programs

Job Fair

Program history:

In 2003, the Department of Labor (DOL) awarded a grant to the National Association of Manufacturers Center for Workforce Success (NAM) for the purpose of workforce development programs. NAM selected CEA to receive a portion of that grant to act as a Workforce Development Intermediary.

With this grant, CEA created a one week employment training program called Manufacturing Boot Camp and served as the liaison between: 1) manufacturers who have jobs they are unable to fill, 2) unemployed workers wanting to work and become independent of government assistance, and 3) the public and private agencies having difficulty filling this skills gap.

Because of the success of Manufacturing Boot Camp, CEA has collaborated with SETA (Sacramento Employment and Training Agency), LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development), to provide Construction Boot Camps and SWBH (Sacramento Works for Better Health) to provide the Employment Fast-Start Program (a boot camp program for the hospitality and customer service industry).

Additionally CEA has conducted train-the-trainer programs and workshops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Texas, and Washington DC.

Train-the-trainer: Employment Boot Camp/Fast Start Programs

Because of the success of the Manufacturing, Construction, and Customer Service Boot Camps, CEA has published an Employment Boot Camp Manual and developed a Train-the-Trainer Program. CEA Staff has conducted train-the-trainer programs and workshops for organizations in California, Florida, North Dakota, Texas, and Washington DC.

CEA Staff will assist your organization in developing and implementing the following:

  • Program Development: establish timeline & confirm program curriculum
  • Recruitment: assist in coordinating employer and participant recruitment
  • Orientation: supervise recruitment day
  • Screening: oversee drug screening and employment verification process
  • Training: manage 5-day boot camp training process
  • Graduation/Job Fair: administer graduation and interview process
  • Follow-up: as needed regarding job placement and retention

Along with train-the-trainer, your organization will also receive a copy of the Employment Boot Camp Manual and a CD of all forms used to implement the program.

For more information, please contact Daniela Devitt at 1-800-399-5331.

Customized Employment Boot Camp/Fast Start Programs

For businesses who are recruiting employees, CEA provides an On-site Employment Boot Camp Program which includes recruitment, employment screening, drug testing, and the following job skills training for new employees:

  • Strengths Finder
  • Skills Assessment (following directions, accuracy, basic math, and comprehension)
  • Safety Training
  • Customer Service
  • Conflict Management
  • Diversity Training
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness
  • Interview Skills
  • Applications and Resumes
  • Becoming an Indispensable Employee

 

If you are interested in any of these programs, or would like to learn more about them, please contact Daniela Devitt, or call 800 399-5331.

 


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