Lake County’s WorkSource office, located in Lakeview in the Lake County Courthouse basement — 513 Center Street #103 — continues to be open to serve youth and adults seeking employment and job training. John Callaghan, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) adult/youth employment counselor for Lake County, said WorkSource is looking for businesses and individuals who want help with on-the-job training and employment. WorkSource offers grants for both.
Services WorkSource offers include: job search assistance, career counseling, GED exam funding, training scholarships, on-the-job training grants, and paid work experience for youth. Callaghan has been with the local office for just over a year and said many businesses and people have used the agency’s services since he started.
“Our goal is to assist job-seekers and local businesses to develop a trained and qualified workforce to match the needs of the business community. Services are available at no cost to businesses and job seekers age 14 years and up. Eligibility requirements may apply,” Callaghan detailed in an email.
Work experience grants allow WorkSource to pay for an employee’s wages and worker’s compensation for 12 weeks. “We’re trying to train youth to be responsible employees,” he explained.
Additionally, local businesses that have been affected by COVID restrictions are encouraged to contact the WorkSource office for information on assistance that may be available to them and their employees.
Due to COVID-19 most services are done by appointment only to ensure social distancing. Call John Callaghan at (541) 947-4607 or (541) 880-9998 for assistance.