The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center staff is working with employers looking for talent due to surges experienced with COVID-19. Our team is working with Kentucky's Workforce and Education Cabinet and Career Centers across the state to identify talent currently experiencing job loss due to COVID-19.
Click the link below to see Who’s Hiring! The list of job openings is large and updated frequently. Also, if you are an employer needing a workforce, you can add your company to this listing.
There is also a list of 'Fair Chance' employers looking for employees.
This effort is a public service and of no costs to the employer or citizens of Kentucky.
Team Kentucky has partnered with a number of companies across the state to deploy Contact Tracers, Social Support Connectors, and Disease Investigators related to COVID-19. To learn more about these positions and the vendors who are hiring, download this document: http://cumberlandsworkforce.com/images/news-2020/contacttracingemployment.pdfJob summary and qualifications for these positions are available in the first three links of the document.
Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program and has been in operation since 1964. The program helps eligible, low-income young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, earn a driver’s license, and receive hands-on career training at their own pace. Job Corps also offers tuition-free housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, and career transition services.Job Corps has a center in Pine Knot, Kentucky. To learn more about Kentucky Job Corps download this Information Packet PDF: http://cumberlandsworkforce.com/images/news-2020/KY-Job-Corps-Information-Packet.pdf or, visit the Pine Knot Job Corps Center website at: https://pineknot.jobcorps.gov/
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Expanded Due to COVID-19 to include:
(List includes but is not limited to these groups)
Note: If you have already applied for UI benefits since March 6 do not reapply. Your claim will be processed.
Step 1: Visit kcc.ky.gov
Step 2: Click File Claim
Kentuckians can call for Kentucky Career Center services including Unemployment Insurance questions. Lake Cumberland Region filers with questions should call Somerset: 606-677-4124. Claimants can also call the UI Help Line at 502-564-2900 if you have questions.
Employer Information (for the last 18 months)
Other Information You May Need
In order to serve you better, Unemployment Insurance claims will be filed on a specific day of the week based on the first letter of your last name.
Day 1: You complete the initial application online at kcc.ky.gov or by phone at: 502-875-0442 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., ET
Day 2: The Office of Unemployment Insurance will determine if you have a valid claim.
Day 3-12: You will receive a letter that states the amount of your payment.
Day 13: If there are no disqualifying factors, we will generate the payment by either direct deposit or a debit card within 2 to 5 days.
Day 28: If you continue to be unemployed you can request your second benefit payment online at kcc.ky.gov or calling 877-369-5984.
Information that can be viewed on your account summary page:
Information on the Next Steps if Your Identity Verification Failed
1. Read the information and select “I Agree”
2. Enter SSN and PIN
3. Scroll down to the My Account section
4. Click Account Summary
To file your UI claim, visit kcc.ky.gov
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands will not be providing in-person services until further notice. Below is the information you need about filing Unemployment Insurance claims.
Are You Eligible?If you are laid off due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance.
Waiting Period SuspendedGovernor Beshear's Executive Order means that the seven-day waiting period is temporarily suspended.
You Will Need The Following To File Your UI ClaimPERSONAL INFORMATION
EMPLOYER INFORMATION (for the last 18 months)
OTHER INFO YOU MAY NEED
Daily Claims By Last NameIn order to serve you better, UI claims will be filed on a specific day of the week based on the first letter of your last name.
To File A ClaimVisit:https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/eBenefits_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=uiclaims.des.ky.govOr Call:502-875-0422 or 877-369-5984
Questions About Your ClaimIf you have questions regarding your claim, please contact your local Kentucky Career Center at 606-677-4124 or the state at 502-875-0442 or 877-369-5984.
KCC Physical Office Locations ClosedFollowing Governor Beshear's executive order, all 13 physical office locations of the Kentucky Career Center - Cumberlands will remain closed until further notice. While our physical locations are closed to the public, please continue to follow our Facebook/social media or visit our website at http://www.cumberlandsworkforce.com to stay informed about the latest information.
Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center Employment Specialists Ashley McCarty (foreground) and Sonia Osman presented personal stories and highlights from the Kentucky Chamber's recent report "Opioid Abuse in Kentucky: The Business Community's Perspective."
A roundtable meeting of business leaders and owners, human resource professionals, judicial officials, and workforce personnel met on Friday, February 21, 2020, to discuss the issues, impact, and solutions to Kentucky's opioid crisis and its effect on the state's workforce.
Kentucky's business community has become acutely aware in recent years that the state's addiction epidemic is more than a public health issue. It has become a serious workforce issue, and employers are feeling its impact firsthand. As businesses struggle to find and retain workers, the opioid crisis is making the challenges even greater for HR leaders.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers that are available legally by prescription — oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and others. Although the National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time as prescribed by a physician, their abuse (such as being taken in larger quantities than prescribed or without a prescription) can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths.
The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently estimated the annual cost of the opioid crisis to the nation's economy at more than $500 billion — about 3% of the Gross National Product.
Kentucky opioid epidemic by the numbers:
A new program expanding in the state is the Kentucky Employer Resource Network (ERN). The ERN model is an innovative approach to workforce development that has proven successful in a handful of states where the initiative has been deployed. James Vander Hulst of ERN USA presented an overview of the program and the advantages to employers and the communities that adopt this approach. The program boasts retention rates of up to 98 percent with participating employees, increased ROI as high as 600 percent, improved employee productivity and attendance, and more. For more information visit Kentucky ERN.
The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE) established the event with support from Malone Hiring Solutions, the Employer Resource Network USA (ERN), Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Kentucky Career Center, and the Somerset-Pulaski County Economic Development Authority (SPEDA).
Chris Girdler, President & CEO of SPEDA, welcomed participants and expressed his organization's support for the efforts being discussed at the roundtable session.
James Vander Hulst, Chief Disruptive Officer, USA ERN/President, Michigan ERN, presented an overview of the Kentucky Employer Resource Network. One of the keys he discussed with the program is the idea of a Workplace Success Coach and how this position helps to reduce life barriers for employees.
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