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             (Wed., Sept. 8, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced a new tool designed to help Oahu’s workforce grow by matching qualified job-seekers with employers.

            “To build and grow a strong economy, we must invest in our workforce,” Caldwell said. “Investing in our workforce means partnering closely with the business sector and job-seekers to identify opportunities and provide tools for success.”

            Caldwell joined Oahu Workforce Investment Board Chairman Jim Tollefson to announce the implementation of the Transferable Occupation Relationship Quotient system, or TORQ.

New to Hawaii and located at the Oahu Worklinks One-Stop Centers, TORQ is an analytical computer tool that matches job-seekers with occupations based on abilities, skills and knowledge rather than job history alone. By doing so, TORQ opens up job opportunities beyond traditional career paths, while also helping businesses develop new strategies for training, restructuring or growing the employee skill set.

            Caldwell said TORQ should help Oahu prepare for employment opportunities in many areas, such as next year’s APEC conference and emerging “green” industries connected to electric vehicles and energy efficient homes and businesses.

The 51-member Oahu Workforce Investment Board is appointed by the Mayor and collaborates with industry leaders and government to help Oahu businesses grow, train and sustain a globally competitive workforce. The City’s Oahu WorkLinks program operates eight One Stop Centers around Oahu to link job-seekers with employers.

            The City received federal Reed Act funds to enhance services for businesses and job-seekers by improving the capacity of the One-Stop Centers by investing in new technologies. The $75,000 the City invested in TORQ is a prime example of using technology to improve the efficiency and quality of such services.  


Media contact: Johnny Brannon, Mayor’s Office, 768-5767