LUBBOCK -- Workforce Solutions South Plains announced it has received a portion of the funding requested in a $2.1 million National Emergency Grant. The U.S. Department of Labor released $1.1 million of the grant to the Texas Workforce Commission to support Workforce Solutions continued re-employment efforts to assist former employees of Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. in Plainview.
"As demonstrated by the informational session held last Thursday in Plainview for the former workers, there is still a great demand for job training and employment assistance for the displaced workers," said Workforce Solutions South Plains CEO Martin Aguirre. "The Plainview community has been very supportive of helping to enhance our efforts since the plants closure in January when more than 2,000 workers lost their jobs."
Workforce Solutions began re-employment services in early February. In addition to opening a New Opportunities Center in Plainview dedicated to assisting former Cargill workers find jobs, Workforce Solutions held a job fair attended by 1,150 of the displaced employees and provided two days of Rapid Response Services which provided services for job searches, job referrals and registering with the WorkInTexas.com job matching site.
The U.S. Department of Labor will release the remaining $1 million to the Texas Workforce Commission for the continuation of services to be conducted by Workforce Solutions as determined by future need.
"We are pleased that this funding will provide training and re-employment services to assist the plants displaced workers," said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. "Workforce Solutions South Plains will help these workers prepare for and find new jobs in high demand occupations."
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