A key component of the The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to help member businesses achieve their goals. Right now, local employers need employees.
A critical shortage of workers is impacting practically every business in every industry in the local community.
“The Chamber's vision for workforce is focused on initiatives that connect job seekers with local employment opportunities,” stated Joe Kennedy, OACC Board member. Kennedy is leading an ad hoc committee of local business owners to connect local high school and college students with entry-level job opportunities.
School districts and educational partners throughout Wayne County have assisted the OACC in distributing a work experience survey directly to students. The data will be used to develop marketing strategies to best capture the attention of this demographic of potential entry level workers.
As an incentive, Baja West Coast Kitchen provided a coupon for free chips and salsa to all students that completed the survey. Students also had an opportunity to enter a drawing for $50 cash prize for sharing their insights with the committee.
Wayne County Employers Need You is a workforce marketing campaign intended to inspire high school and college aged students to seek local employment. The OACC expects that the campaign will also raise awareness of job opportunities available for skilled and seasoned workers.
“When you recognize good work ethic, the hope is to inspire more young people to emulate similar behaviors,” stated Lori Reinbolt, OACC president. “This is what the Chamber is hoping to do by spotlighting the student employees that are making a difference working in our community.”
Student employee spotlights will be shared on the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce social media channels and can also be found in the workforce section of the Chamber’s website.
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