New Americans and the Labor Force
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Throughout its history, Leading CareerForce partner Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) has assisted thousands of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds acquire the skills and training necessary to thrive in the regional economy and elsewhere. While training and employment service is RMCEP’s primary mission, their clients often have barriers to joining the regional labor force that must also be addressed in the process. Such workforce barriers as childcare availability, language differences, or a lack of transportation are frustrating realities for many jobseekers.
In particular, new Americans often face multiple barriers and a steep learning curve when transitioning to life in a new nation with a unique and complex economy. Through its staff and community partners, RMCEP provides support to immigrants as they navigate these challenges and plays a crucial role in their introduction to work and life in Northwest Minnesota.