New Opportunity Available for Workers Affected by Store Closures, Retail Layoffs

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MADISON–The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), in partnership with the WorkSmart Network, is hosting an information session on Tuesday, May 14 aimed at connecting workers impacted

by retail closures, like Shopko, Toys “R” Us and Bon-Ton (Boston Stores), with local resources available to help them.

“Connecting former retail workers to high-demand jobs is a win-win for the community, especially in this time of record low unemployment when we’re hearing from businesses about their need for more skilled workers,” said Danica Nilsestuen, Director of Business Development at the WDBSCW. “Our teams at the American Job Center are ready to help these workers skill up and transition successfully.

The session will feature information on the career, training and support services and resources available to dislocated workers. Professional career planners will introduce enhanced financial assistance for training to eligible individuals who have been or will be laid off from a retail store, or a retail company’s corporate office, distribution center, or call center or who is a displaced homemaker who was dependent on a family member who was dislocated from a retail job. Financial assistance is available to help with transportation, childcare, testing, housing, tools and uniforms as individuals prepare for a new job or career. Eligible individuals have the opportunity to work with professional career planners to plan their next steps and search for new jobs.

Additional topics covered at the session include:

• Unemployment Insurance (UI)

• Covering Wisconsin: Information about health insurance

• Transferable skills

• American Job Center services

• United Way services

The session will be held at the Dane County Job Center (1819 Aberg Avenue, Madison) room 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Interested workers should RSVP to Renee Cephas, Career Services Specialist at the WorkSmart Network, at rcephas@worksmartnetwork.org or 608.242.4562.

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