Aug. 21, 2013
Three months after opening, the Community and Economic Development Department’s Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. First Ave., reports positive news connecting employers to job seekers.
Since opening, the center has experienced a tremendous amount of business workforce activity with more than 200 employer visits, weekly job-seeker workshops, community partner events and targeted recruitments for businesses, all at no cost.
In July Tennessee based Asurion, a global leader in technology protection services, announced a new location in north Phoenix and worked with the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center staff to begin filling 500 new positions in the Phoenix technical support center. The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center hosted a recruiting event for Asurion that drew 100 candidates who were interviewed. City staff at the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center seeks to find and connect local talent to employers like Asurion by leveraging high-value networks. Similar talent acquisition services can cost a business 10 percent of a new hire’s annual salary, according to private staffing industry standards.
“Asurion is a great example of how our Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center staff can help a company,” said District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams, in whose district Asurion is located. “Our staff is very familiar with this labor market, they are focused on assisting businesses and have a direct impact on closing the skills gap that currently exists in our region. They continue to work with Asurion to connect Phoenix’s highly skilled tech-focused professionals with a company that is a global leader in consumer technology services.”
Hickory Springs Manufacturing, offering high-value solutions manufacturing for furniture and bedding, as well as transportation, health care, packaging and government markets, also worked with the center’s staff on a recruitment site location, labor market information and job postings. Acting as the extended arm of the company’s human resources department, the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center minimized the company’s expenses by providing local labor market data and talent acquisition offerings.
For companies like Hickory Springs Manufacturing that are new to the Phoenix market, having a local team experienced in the full range of workforce planning is essential and provides an immediate and long-term cost savings.
The 12,500-square-foot Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center was established and funded by the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board, which has oversight of the Phoenix Workforce Connection system, programs and services. The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, with classroom-style training rooms and a computer lab, is a primary resource for locating, expanding businesses to tap directly into top talent in the city of Phoenix. The integrated Economic Development and Workforce Development programs provide high-value added services, including talent acquisition, training and development, and business solutions.
For more information on the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, call 602-256-3147 or visit phoenix.gov/econdev.