Program supports employee retention goal
Michigan Works! West Central has hired Julie Sanders to lead its Business Resource Network in NewaygoCounty.
In her new role as Success Coach, Sanders will bring Business Resource Network (BRN) services to local employers enrolled in the program. A BRN is a group of local employers who share a common goal of improving workforce retention and reducing turnover with the assistance of the Success Coach. The ultimate goal is helping employees overcome any barriers they may have to retain their employment, such as transportation, childcare and financial planning issues, among others.
Sanders is partnering with employers, nonprofits, public agencies and Michigan Works! West Central to improve workforce retention in Newaygo County.
“If I can help working families get through tough times, and save employers from the cost of replacing and training new employees, we as a community are strengthened,” Sanders said.
Sanders joined Michigan Works! West Central in early September. She previously was the executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Newaygo County, a position she held for nearly 10 years.
“The Business Resource Network is a great program designed to help improve workforce retention, as well as reduce turnover rates and the costs associated with hiring and training new employees,” said Shelly Keene, Michigan Works! West Central executive director. “We are excited to have Julie on board leading our Business Resource Network in Newaygo County.”
Michigan Works! West Central, which covers Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties, offers services to both employers and job seekers. For employers, it offers assistance with recruitment, posting job opportunities, hosting job fairs, training dollars for new and existing employees and more. Michigan Works! West Central offers job seekers assistance with resume/cover letter writing assistance and help with creating a profile/resume on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, and other employment related services. Various classroom and on-the-job training opportunities may also be available for adults, dislocated workers and youth through several available funding sources.
For more information about the Newaygo County Business Resource Network or to join your business, contact Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 538-0746.