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(Thursday, October 22, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Oahu Workforce Investment Board today announced the launching of a new website that will assist workers and employers: .  The site informs job-seekers and laid-off workers about job search assistance, training opportunities and tuition assistance programs. The site also provides information to employers regarding workforce development and sustainability issues.


            “Improved access to workforce information is vital to our community,” Hannemann said. “Thanks to the work of this Board and the creation of this one-stop website, job-seekers will be able to learn about an array of job training and assistance programs. Investing in our people is an investment in our community’s future.”


            Oahu Workforce Investment Board Chairperson Jim Tollefson said, “The Board wanted to expand its access and outreach to Oahu’s laid-off workers as well as make it easier for employers to utilize our business support services.  Our website can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at anytime.”


            The website features sections for Job Seekers, Employers, Training Programs as well as links to resources such as podcasts, webinars, and conference notices about workforce and economic development matters. By going to this one-stop website, job seekers will find information about the Oahu WorkLinks services, unemployment insurance, job training programs, and workshops. Employers will have access to HireNet (a virtual job bank to list vacancies and recruit applicants), job fair information, and an array of business development resources.


            The nation's local workforce investment boards and one-stop centers were established by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. OWIB is a volunteer board whose members are appointed by the Mayor. Oahu WorkLinks, the consortium operating the one-stop centers, is led by WorkHawaii, a division of the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Community Services.





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