Tuesday, 01 28, 2014
Joe Hall 502-564-4886
WorkSmart Kentucky offers
businesses a one-stop shop to find and develop skilled workers, ease hiring
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2014) – A highly-skilled
workforce is the engine that drives Kentucky’s economy. To ensure the strength
of the Commonwealth’s current and future workforce, Gov. Steve Beshear today
announced the creation of WorkSmart Kentucky, an initiative to provide
employers efficient, quality and seamless workforce services and resources, all
in one place.
Through a team
of business service specialists, WorkSmart Kentucky partners with new and
existing companies to match employer needs with available workforce resources.
Qualifying companies within the Commonwealth will be eligible for recruitment
and job screening services at no cost.
flexible grant funding will be available to offset the costs of customized and
in-house training needs; to establish apprenticeship programs; and to provide
free safety and OSHA training.
is a partnership of workforce professionals from the state’s Cabinet for
Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Labor
Cabinet and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
we’ve found is that companies don’t care about program or agency names, they
just want results,” said Gov. Beshear. “By strategically aligning our state
workforce resources, we’re now able to provide a comprehensive, solutions-based
approach to our workforce delivery system. This will not only allow us to
better meet the needs of our existing employers, but will also create a
distinct advantage for the state’s business recruitment efforts.”
Kentucky is committed to delivering quality workforce services that are both
flexible and efficient. No matter the company size or location in Kentucky, the
newly-created statewide network of WorkSmart teams will provide solutions-based
resources that match the needs of Kentucky’s business clients. WorkSmart
professionals are tasked with identifying the specific workforce needs of each
company, customizing flexible recruitment and training solutions, and
implementing quality services in a timely fashion.
“The availability and dependability of a
qualified workforce is the single most important factor to a company’s
success,” said Gov. Beshear. “From customized training and employee recruitment
to grants, tax credits and alliances with fellow business leaders, WorkSmart
Kentucky is a one-stop shop for developing a workforce to help maintain the
Commonwealth as a key player in the global economy for years to come.”
2013, the state, in conjunction with its workforce partners, provided training
for nearly 85,000 Kentuckians from a variety of industry sectors, including
manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy, distribution, and
research and development. In addition, pre-employment services were provided to
more than 95,000 individuals and 2,650 companies in the Commonwealth.
other states might receive more recognition for their workforce programs, the
numbers show Kentucky is already leading the charge in employee recruitment and
development,” said Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes.
“WorkSmart Kentucky will allow the Commonwealth to further build on that
success by aligning our resources. This initiative will take our hiring and
training capabilities to the next level.”
has produced a number of best practices as we work to create a more relevant
workforce development system,” said Education and Workforce Development
Secretary Tom Zawacki. “These innovations are based on business and industry
leadership, data-driven investment decisions and customer-focused approaches.
WorkSmart Kentucky unites our education, labor, workforce and economic
development partners, and will build on this strategic groundwork to provide
more effective and cohesive education, training and employer services.”
is all about the people of Kentucky. Skilled and talented workers are what
companies need, and businesses will come here and stay here if they have easy
access to an educated, skilled and talented workforce,” said Kentucky Labor
Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts. “WorkSmart Kentucky provides a chance for
business, industry and government to work together to assure Kentucky’s
workforce possesses the skills required to meet the needs of employers.”
mission is to provide Kentuckians with the education and training they need to
succeed in today’s evolving economy,” said KCTCS President Michael B.
McCall. “WorkSmart Kentucky builds on our existing programs and
partnerships, positioning the Commonwealth to become recognized as a national
leader in creating innovative approaches to meet the needs of both our citizens
and business and industry.”
more information on WorkSmart Kentucky, visit www.WorkSmartKentucky.com
on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans
of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s
“This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.