Gorge Works online application goes live Dec. 15
Employers working with the Gorge Works regional internship and apprenticeship program are busy this month finalizing job descriptions for paid work experiences available during the summer of 2018.
Gorge Works was developed as a way to bridge the gap between employers offering opportunities for skilled careers and job candidates who have, or can learn, those needed skills.
“The United States has a shortage of skilled workers in advanced manufacturing fields and trades, in particular, and the Columbia River Gorge is no different,” said Kathy Ursprung of the Port of The Dalles, who is coordinating the program along with fellow Port employee Bayoán Ware. “Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of well-paying, skilled jobs are going unfilled in the Gorge and we think part of the reason is that job seekers simply may not know about them or how to access them.”
Gorge Works is designed to provide access to paid work experiences that provide an opportunity for job candidates to learn about these skilled jobs and display their work ethic and talents to potential employers. At the same time, the employers get to see a potential employee in action.
The work experiences are largely project based so those who complete the nine-week program will have an accomplishment to add to their resumés. In addition, weekly professional development workshops on a variety of topics are designed to enhance the skills each potential job candidate brings to the table.
The internships and apprenticeships don’t require that candidates be attached to an education program.
“We’re looking for people over 18, who may have some relevant skills, either through high school career-oriented coursework, hands-on experience, community college or other means,” Kathy said.