The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Customized Training Team provides comprehensive training assistance to meet the employment needs of new and expanding businesses in the state. Intensive client coordination ensures that comprehensive new-hire training is conducted during a project start-up phase. The Customized Training Team’s flexibility permits both on and off-site training so that each program is custom-designed to meet the specific needs of each client.
Specific examples of training assistance include but are not limited to:
Developing curriculum with company personnel, local training providers, special vendors, adjunct resources, and the Customized Training Team
Bringing company instructors to the Arkansas site for in-depth training
Sending appropriate Arkansas personnel for training at other facilities and with vendors
Providing financial assistance for training, raw materials, videos, off-site training facilities, including utilities, and most functions common to operating a job specific training program
Advertising for and direct potential trainees to the company for final selection to participate in the training project
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission in collaboration with its sister agencies, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education, Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Two-Year College System have developed a systematic process for employee development known as the Pathways Program. This program has multiple entry points and exit points that allow potential employees to develop the desired/required skill sets to become productive employees. We have also utilized a systematic process of basic skill assessment and validation that will assist employers to effectively locate potential employees, evaluate their skills against job requirements and enter them into pre-employment training programs that are customized for specific employer needs.