ELYRIA — Since its inception in September, the city’s Elyria Works Now! pilot job training and placement program has led to 12 people finding jobs at four local manufacturing companies, Mayor Holly Brinda said this week.
Prior to her final 2018 Community Conversation on Thursday at the East Park Recreation Center, Brinda said 311 people have registered online at ElyriaWorksNow.com.
Of those, 59 went through the information session and met with a career coach. Of the 59, 36 completed education and training courses and are entering the application process. Half have applied for jobs and the other half are in the process, Brinda said.
As of Thursday, 12 people were hired by the four employers working with the city on the program: Dura-line, Elyria Foundry, Multilink and United Initiators.
Brinda said she hopes 30 people are employed by the end of the year. Two more information classes are scheduled in January and February, she said.
“The fact that we’ve got companies seeking folks, maybe, for entry-level positions, and we have individuals who are seeking employment,” led the city to start planning the program 18 months ago with $125,000 in Issue 6 money.
There are two more months to go in the program, which Brinda previously said would be extended through February as hiring and production slows over the holidays.
On a recommendation by Lorain County Community College officials, the program will be evaluated for effectiveness by a third party, Brinda said.
Brinda has said the program is intended to ease Elyria’s more than 22 percent poverty rate to help companies hire workers at a living wage with good benefits and the opportunity for promotion.