September is Workforce Development Month. Within her administration’s first nine months, Governor Katie Hobbs has already seized many opportunities to further develop Arizona’s workforce and the economy at large. From the BuilditAZ initiative to double construction apprenticeships and the recent groundbreaking of Google’s new data center campus in Mesa to the signing of SB1102, which puts Prop 400 on the ballot for Arizonans to vote on our future economic growth, Governor Hobbs is executing her vision for a strong and expansive Arizona economy. This week, Governor Hobbs met with Tribal leaders during the first State Tribal Summit with a focus on economic development, to ensure statewide economic growth includes everyone. Governor Hobbs announced she will spend the next week in Taiwan and South Korea to develop new partnerships for the benefit of Arizona’s economy.
As Arizona’s economy grows, and more and better jobs emerge within our state, it becomes critical that workforce programs exist for individuals who need assistance in entering into the workforce and expanding their skills and prospects. As Arizona’s human services agency and the participating State agency within the ARIZONA@WORK partnership, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) provides a wide array of services for job seekers and employers. Workforce Development Month is an opportunity to highlight the ways in which these programs help individuals engage with the economy as it grows with them.
Through ARIZONA@WORK, DES works with county and local entities to match job seekers with employers of all sizes to find the right positions for them. Job seekers can access Arizona’s largest jobs database, participate in workshops, build resumes, attend job fairs, find training, and meet with an employment specialist (even virtually) to find the right solutions for their needs and wants. Child care assistance is also available to provide care and education to children while their parents enter into the workforce. There are also many services tailored to specific communities, like veterans, Nutrition Assistance and Cash Assistance recipients, older adults, refugees and aspiring apprentices, among others. DES also houses the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) so job seekers with disabilities have equal access to thrive in Arizona’s workforce.