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On-the-job Training Offers Sweet Job in Candy Production

by Todd Seibert

Jeffrey Richards came to Michigan Works! in January of 2017 to register for unemployment and looking for help to return to full-time employment. He was provided an overview of available reemployment activities and career services that included training options in the classroom or on-the-job training (OJT).

Jeffrey agreed that learning new skills would increase employment opportunities. He focused on OJT since he wanted to get back to work quickly. Following an OJT information session, Jeffrey met with a Business Account Manager who reviewed his resume, offered job leads and dis-cussed the steps needed to determine his eligibility for OJT. Qualifying as a dislocated worker through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Jeffrey was given an OJT certificate to be used with his job search.

As weeks went by, Jeffrey kept in touch with staff and he never stopped applying for jobs. The Business Account Manager was able to connect Jeffrey with an interview for a production position at Sanders and Morley Candy. Without any prior experience in food production, Jeffrey knew that his eligibility for OJT would help the employer feel at ease in hiring him without the experience desired for the position.

He was hired for the job and was retained by the company in February 2018, following successful completion of 480 training hours. Jeffrey’s supervisors rave about his work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond to get the job completed. He has since kept in communication with the Business Account Manager, thanking him, as well as the Michigan Works! staff for their assistance during a tough time in his life.