News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Sun, 21 Oct 2018 04:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 American Staffing Association Elects 2019 Board of Directors https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/18/asa-elects-2019-board-of-directors/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:41:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77031 The members of the American Staffing Association elected individuals to serve three-year terms on the ASA board of directors at the annual membership meeting during Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, in metro Washington, DC, earlier this week.

The eight directors elected are Susan Dietrich, SPHR, AllTek Staffing and Resource Group; W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad US; Lesa Francis, CSP, Supplemental Healthcare; Tom Gimbel, LaSalle Network; Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff; Dan Struve, CSP, Helpmates Staffing Services; Mark Toth, CSP, ManpowerGroup; and Steve Wehn, AMN Healthcare.

The ASA board of directors elected a new slate of officers for 2018–19:

  • Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff Inc., chairman
  • Leo Sheridan, Advanced Group, first vice chairman
  • Peter Quigley, Kelly Services Inc., second vice chairman
  • Chris Hartman, Allegis Group, treasurer
  • W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad US, secretary

Other directors currently serving on the board are Threase Baker, TSC, CSP, Abbtech Professional Resources Inc.; Tom Bickes, EmployBridge Holding Co.; Jeff Bowling, The Delta Cos.; Jeffrey S. Burnett, CSP, Labor Finders International Inc.; John A. Elwood, CSP, Elwood Staffing; James A. Essey, CSP, TemPositions Group of Cos.; Robert A. Funk, Express Employment Professionals; Jeff Harris, ettain group; Kristen Harris, CSP, Portfolio Creative; Greg Holland, Adecco North America; and Kelly McCreight, CSP, Hamilton-Ryker (immediate past chairman).

Representatives from independent firms and national companies serve on the ASA board of directors.

For brief bios and to download high-resolutions photos, visit americanstaffing.net.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Express Employment Professionals Business Executive Is American Staffing Association Volunteer of the Year https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/17/express-employment-professionals-business-executive-is-asa-volunteer-of-the-year/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:08:02 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77002 The American Staffing Association yesterday afternoon announced that John A. Thomas, CSP, CSC, professional staffing field consultant with Express Employment Professionals in Oklahoma City, is the 2018 ASA Volunteer of the Year. Thomas was honored during the annual membership meeting and luncheon at Staffing World® 2018, the association’s annual convention and expo, in metro Washington, DC.

The ASA Volunteer of the Year program, launched in 2016, recognizes an individual who is an outstanding contributor on an ASA committee, section council, regional council, task force, or working group. Honorees are selected based on nominations submitted by peers from across the U.S.—all ASA volunteers.

Thomas has been an ASA volunteer for more than 20 years. During this time, he has served on the ASA board of directors, and on myriad association committees, task forces, councils, and working groups. Notably, Thomas served one term as chairman of the professional‒managerial section council and two terms as chairman of the search and placement section council. He currently is an active member of the education and certification, professional-managerial section council, and staffing as a career committees. At the ASA-affiliated chapter level, Thomas served three terms as president of the ASA Missouri and Kansas Search and Staffing Association and is currently the chapter leader liaison for ASA.

A recognized staffing and recruiting industry thought leader, Thomas has presented before audiences in 40 states for a variety of organizations—including ASA, the National Association of Professional Staffing, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He also shares his deep knowledge of the industry by contributing to industry journals and publishing online training programs and guides.

“On behalf of the ASA board of directors, membership, and staff, I salute John Thomas for his more than two decades of dedicated service to ASA,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of this association. ASA values having someone with John’s level of expertise and passion give back year after year to help advance the interests of the association and in turn, the entire staffing and recruiting industry.”

Learn about 2019 ASA volunteer opportunities and apply online by Oct. 31 at asacentral.americanstaffing.net/volunteer.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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American Staffing Association Inducts Linda Carchidi Into Leadership Hall of Fame https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/16/asa-inducts-linda-carchidi-into-leadership-hall-of-fame/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:46:18 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76980 ASA Volunteer and Industry Leader Co-Founded JFC Staffing Cos.

The American Staffing Association this morning inducted Linda Carchidi, CSP, chief executive officer of JFC Staffing Cos. headquartered in Camp Hill, PA, into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame. Carchidi was honored during the opening general session at Staffing World® 2018, the association’s annual convention and expo, in the Washington, DC, metro area.

The ASA Leadership Hall of Fame was created in 1985 to recognize outstanding individual contributions made through dedicated service to ASA and the staffing and recruiting industry.

Carchidi co-founded JFC Staffing Cos. with her husband, Jim, in 1975. The staffing agency includes three niche recruiting companies that fill a wide range of temporary, contract, and direct hire positions in various industry sectors. A long-term, dedicated ASA volunteer and industry leader, Carchidi served on the association’s board of directors from 2001‒13, and was chairman in 2008. She also served as chairman of several other ASA committees—including the social responsibility committee, which she helped establish. On the ASA-affiliated chapter level, she was president of the Pennsylvania Staffing Association—East (which became part of the Mid-Atlantic Staffing Association). Carchidi has been honored with the Women of Influence Legacy Award from the Central Penn Business Journal and was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

“On behalf of the ASA board of directors and membership, I am delighted to welcome Linda Carchidi to the Leadership Hall of Fame,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Linda is a consummate ASA volunteer leader whose legacy, in part, includes cementing social responsibility as one of the association’s key values by creating the ASA Care Awards. She is a tireless supporter of the staffing and recruiting industry who also possesses a deep commitment to education—creating the JFC Career Development Center to train temporary and contract employees in IT skills, and establishing a development board that has raised millions of dollars to fund improvements for her high school alma mater.”

Professional headshot available upon request.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Express Employment Professionals Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/11/express-employment-professionals-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:26:11 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76742 Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency headquartered in Oklahoma City, has earned the Safety Standard of Excellence mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes industry-wide safety best practices.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their temporary workers, and host employers can build a mutually beneficial relationship to help identify and mitigate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firm and host employer, and clearly delineate the safety responsibilities of each party.

“ASA congratulates Express Employment Professionals for its commitment to protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety, and for being among the first to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Express has tangibly demonstrated to clients, candidates, and employees its commitment to safety best practices.”

“Companies participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program are to be commended for taking steps to put their companies’ practices under the microscope and seeking to be the best they can be for their temporary workers,” said Amy Harper, Ph.D., NSC director of workplace strategy and consulting operations. “The commitment to safety demonstrated through Safety Standard of Excellence program participation should speak volumes to the clients with whom these staffing firms do business.”

“Express employed a record 540,000 people in 2017, and our number one priority when placing them on the job is their safety,” said Express chief executive officer Bill Stoller. “We are fortunate to work with amazing clients who also believe in creating a positive culture of safety, and we couldn’t continue to be successful without their help.”

“We are very pleased to have achieved this mark from ASA and the National Safety Council, as our franchisees constantly strive to underwrite and educate both our associates and our clients on the benefits of a strong safety program,” said Jeff Rycroft, vice president of risk management at Express.

For more information about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about Express Employment Professionals, visit expresspros.com.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About The National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where it can make the most impact—distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and safe communities. Safety+Health magazine, the council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.

About Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.4 billion in sales and employed a record 540,000 people in 2017. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit expresspros.com.

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New Staffing World Attendee Experience Announced: ASA Cares LIVE https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/09/staffing-world-experience-announced-asa-cares-live/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:54:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76711 Hands-on Attendee Event Will Integrate Social Responsibility Into Largest Staffing and Recruiting Convention and Expo in the World

ASA Cares LiveThe American Staffing Association announces the launch of ASA Cares LIVE—an event to incorporate good corporate citizenship into the Staffing World 2018 experience. Attendees will be able to participate in hands-on activities in support of two organizations based in the convention’s host metro area of Washington, DC.

Event: ASA Cares LIVE
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 2‒4 p.m. Eastern time
Location: Prince George’s Expo Hall, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745

    During ASA Cares LIVE, Staffing World attendees will be able to participate in two charitable activities:

  • Assembling hygiene kits for homeless individuals through the charity So Others Might Eat, which helps the poor and homeless in Washington, DC, by meeting their immediate daily needs with food, clothing, and health care, and providing other services to break the cycle of homelessness
  • Creating get-well cards with messages of gratitude and healing for service members recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center— the nation’s largest joint military medical center—in Bethesda, MD

ASA also is collecting monetary donations for SOME now and throughout the convention. To contribute, visit some.org/online-donation and enter “ASA Cares” in the “Additional Information” box on the online form.

“ASA Cares LIVE is a new Staffing World tradition designed to give back to the convention’s host cities each year in a meaningful manner,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “By participating in ASA Cares LIVE, convention attendees also will be able to experience firsthand how easy it is to make a difference in their communities and, hopefully, will go home with some new ideas about developing or adding to their companies’ social responsibility initiatives.”

ASA Cares LIVE is supported by Assurance, a six-time ASA Care Award winner for outstanding social responsibility programs in the staffing and recruiting industry.

To learn more about ASA Cares LIVE, visit staffingworld.net/asa-cares-live.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About Assurance

Assurance is among the nation’s largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages, offering expertise in business insurance, employee benefits, risk management, wellness, legislative compliance, and more. Our insurance professionals find creative ways to minimize risk and maximize health for over 600 staffing clients nationwide. Assurance is also a proud member of ASA and six-time recipient of the ASA Care Award for charitable contributions. Visit the Assurance ‘A’ Team at booth 406 to help celebrate 25 years insuring the staffing industry or go to assuranceagency.com.

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BLS: Staffing Job Growth Continues in September https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/05/bls-staffing-job-growth-continues-in-september/ Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:11:33 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76604 Up 2.9% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment grew 0.3% from August to September, adding 10,600 jobs over the month, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment was 2.9% higher than in September 2017. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.3% per month in the first nine months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% per month for all of 2017.

BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be materially revised the following year, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 2.0% from August to September. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.1% more staffing employees in September than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 134,000 jobs in September (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for July and August, job gains averaged 190,000 per month over the past three months, less than the average of 201,000 per month for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate declined to 3.7%, the lowest since 1969.

“Despite the apparent effect of Hurricane Florence on the overall jobs numbers, the September gains extended an eight-year streak of consecutive job growth, by far the longest ever recorded,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “As the labor market continues to tighten, businesses need to focus on new ways of attracting and upskilling candidates to help fill their talent pipelines.”

BLS also released preliminary August employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, remained unchanged (0.0%) from July. Search and placement jobs totaled 313,100 in August, 4.3% higher than in the same month last year.

Hurricane Florence affected data collection in many BLS surveys. Further discussion of the impact of the recent hurricanes on the September estimates can be found in the Commissioner’s Statement on the Employment Situation.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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American Staffing Association Honors Staffing and Recruiting Industry’s Best Social Responsibility Programs of the Year https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/02/asa-honors-most-outstanding-work-based-learning-programs/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:12:48 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76474 ASA Cares AwardsThe American Staffing Association recognized staffing agency and industry supplier members with ASA Care Awards for exceptional social responsibility initiatives of 2018. The winners will be recognized during Staffing World® 2018, the annual ASA convention and expo, Oct. 16‒18, in metro Washington, DC.

A panel of independent social responsibility experts selected winners and honorable mention recipients—with awards conferred at the judges’ discretion.

Staffing Agencies With More Than $100 Million in Annual Sales
Randstad US, “Randstad With Heart”—ASA Care Award
Pinnacle Group, “TRI for Homes”—honorable mention

Staffing Agencies With $25 Million–$100 Million in Annual Sales
HireLevel, “#HireLevelDifference”—ASA Care Award
Corporate Brokers, “Every Step Counts”—honorable mention
TERRA Staffing Group, “TERRA Cares”—honorable mention

Staffing Agencies With Less Than $7.5 Million in Annual Sales
The Advent Group, “Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow”—ASA Care Award
YUPRO PBC, “Opportunity Youth”—ASA Care Award

Associate Members (Industry Suppliers)
Bullhorn, “Bullhorn Cares”—ASA Care Award
Sterling National Bank, “Sterling National Bank Three-Tiered Social Responsibility Program”—ASA Care Award

“ASA congratulates the 2018 ASA Care Award honorees for embracing social responsibility and making it part of their foundational company values,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The 2018 winners’ programs are excellent examples of how the staffing and recruiting industry is making a difference in the communities where employees live and work in the U.S. and around the globe.”
For more information about the ASA Care Awards program, visit americanstaffing.net/careawards.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Index Surges to 101 in September https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/25/asa-staffing-index-surges-to-101-in-september/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:31:54 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76241 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, September 2018

Staffing employment grew 1.7% the week of Sept. 10–16, according to the ASA Staffing Index, which surged to a rounded value of 101. While businesses recovered from the Labor Day holiday and inclement weather in parts of the country, temporary and contract staffing employment remained robust, advancing 3.8% compared with the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the September monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Oct. 5.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average bounced back to a rounded value of 100—exceeding 99 for the third consecutive month. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Sept. 16 increased 3.6% year-to-year.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Bilingual Call Center Representative Is National Staffing Employee of the Year https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/24/bilingual-national-staffing-employee-of-the-year/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:55:30 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76197 ASA National Staffing Employee Week

American Staffing Association Also Selected All-Stars in Industry Sectors

The American Staffing Association today announced that Violeta “Shaya” De Oleo Medina is the 2019 National Staffing Employee of the Year. ASA also named National Staffing Employee of the Year All-Stars in the five staffing and recruiting industry sectors. These announcements mark the beginning of National Staffing Employee Week, Sept. 24–30. This annual event celebrates the contributions of the more than 15 million temporary and contract employees hired by U.S. staffing agencies during the course of a year.

National Staffing Employee of the Year
Office–Clerical and Administrative Sector All-Star
Violeta “Shaya” De Oleo Medina

De Oleo Medina immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in 2016 after accepting a marriage proposal from her partner. At the time, she only spoke Spanish. Determined to succeed in the American workforce, De Oleo Medina rapidly taught herself English by watching Netflix programs (with subtitles) on television and immediately began looking for employment opportunities. After connecting with her staffing agency, RemX, De Oleo Medina was quickly placed on assignment with Secure Transportation in Orlando, FL, as a temporary call center employee. De Oleo Medina thrived in her role as her English skills continued to improve and her positive, can-do attitude persisted. Impressed with her communications and leadership abilities, Secure Transportation offered her a permanent role as a bilingual call center representative after just a few months on the job. De Oleo Medina also was honored as the 2017 RemX Associate of the Year.

Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific Sector All-Star
Matthew Brennan

Brennan started working with Rangam Consultants after a recruiter reached out to him while he was a student at the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, NJ. The staffing agency placed him on assignment at Comcast’s Cherry Hill office as a temporary quality assurance tester. He rapidly became an IT automation expert at Comcast and eventually bridged to a permanent position as an IT analyst there. Brennan is on the autism spectrum. His story is an example of how a company can successfully expand diversity and inclusion in the workforce—particularly for individuals who are neurodiverse.

Health Care Sector All-Stars
Jamie and Angie Harmon

The Harmons are a husband-and-wife traveling emergency room nurse team—and the first co-honorees in this award program’s history. The unthinkable—the murder of their 20-year-old daughter by her boyfriend in a domestic violence case—led the Harmons to this unexpected turn on their professional paths. Following the tragedy, Jamie—an ER and flight nurse—lost his passion for nursing and only worked enough hours to keep his flight nurse credentials up-to-date. After a friend begged him to try travel nursing for a needed change of scenery, Jamie signed on with OR Nurses Nationwide. It was a life-improving decision. Jamie’s passion for ER nursing was reignited, and he encouraged his wife, Angie, to travel with him. Today, the two travel and work together during the same ER shifts. They credit staffing for helping to save their family.

Industrial Sector All-Star
Jalyn Anderson

Unsure of what she wanted to pursue as a career after graduating from high school, Anderson connected with Integrity Staffing Solutions for temporary work to have the flexibility to explore different employment options. She was placed as a temporary, entry-level associate with one of Integrity’s largest client at a fulfillment center in Las Vegas. After just a week, the client took note of Anderson’s natural leadership skills and reassigned her to its coaching team (a promotion). As she continued to grow professionally in different roles with the client, a corporate position became available with Integrity, and Anderson was immediately identified as the top choice. She was offered and accepted the position of shift manager, and she remains an employee of Integrity to this day.

Professional–Managerial Sector All-Star
Nicolae Boariu

Boariu’s career as a substitute teacher with Kelly Educational Staffing began in 2009—only a few months after he retired from a 30-plus-year, celebrated career in law enforcement. He knew that he wanted to serve his community in a role with flexibility, which he craved after a career marked by a demanding schedule and round-the-clock commitment. Boariu’s days in the classroom at Mohawk Elementary School in Bessemer, PA, are filled with meaning, and he has the flexibility to spend time with his family and pursue his hobbies. Boariu’s students fondly call him “Mr. B,” and he is one of the most popular teachers at the school. Boariu was also recently honored as the 2018 Kelly Educational Staffing National Employee of the Year.

De Oleo Medina will be formally honored at a recognition ceremony during Staffing World® 2018, the ASA annual convention and expo, in metro Washington, DC.

The National Staffing Employee of the Year program is sponsored by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder.

To learn more about the National Staffing Employee of the Year program and National Staffing Employee Week, visit americanstaffing.net.

Headshots of honorees are available upon request.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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American Staffing Association Honors Most Outstanding Work-Based Learning Programs in Staffing and Recruiting Industry https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/18/honors-most-outstanding-work-based-learning-program/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:59:32 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=75942 ASA Elevate AwardsThe American Staffing Association today announced the winners of the 2018 ASA Elevate Awards. This new professional recognition program celebrates the most innovative and effective work-based learning programs designed specifically for temporary and contract employees.

Aquent, “Aquent Gymnasium”
Aquent Gymnasium offers free online courses on web development, design, user experience, and content creation to students around the globe. The program bridges the gap between education and opportunity. Gymnasium achieves this by upskilling current contract employees and attracting new candidates to develop its talent pipeline and increase placements. Since launching in 2013, Gymnasium has acquired over 80,000 students and issued over 5,000 certifications.

BelFlex Staffing Network, “LIFT the TriState”
BelFlex Staffing Network and the Freestore Foodbank created LIFT (Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management, and Transportation) the TriState (Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio) in 2017 to help narrow the gap between unfilled manufacturing jobs and underskilled individuals. It offers free training and transportation to program participants who gain the hard and soft skills needed for warehouse, logistics, and transportation jobs. In 10 weeks participants receive hands-on training from experienced warehouse personnel at the Freestore Foodbank; specialized coursework designed by Gateway Community and Technical College; and access to local employment opportunities through BelFlex and other program partners. In 2017‒18, LIFT graduated 43 participants with forklift certifications, making them fully employable through BelFlex or other companies in the region.

EmployBridge, “Better Work Life Academy”
The EmployBridge Better Work Life Academy provides online classes at no cost to the staffing agency’s temporary and contract employees. Since the program was launched in 2017, more than 10,000 EmployBridge associates have enrolled in the academy. The program provides EmployBridge temporary and contract employees with access to more than 20 PennFoster online courses—strategically chosen to serve industries that have the highest demand for skilled individuals. The courses include a mix of logistics, manufacturing, and office‒administrative offerings—each selected for relevance to advancing employee pay, improving future job prospects, and helping to meet the skills needs of some of today’s most in-demand jobs.

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions, “StaRN Nurse Education”
Since HealthTrust established the Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses program (StaRN) in 2014, it has opened doors for 8,000 newly graduated nurses who otherwise would have faced substantial difficulties working in acute care environments because of the dilemma that professionals must possess real work experience in these settings before getting hired. The 13-week program—in medical‒surgery, telemetry, critical care, trauma, and other specialized nursing areas—offers comprehensive didactic education with simulation experiences and clinical preceptorship at the hiring health care facility. The nurses are not charged a fee to participate; instead the health facilities that offered permanent jobs to the nurses (contingent upon successful completion of the training) pay for the program. When participating in the program, the nurses are contract employees of HealthTrust.

Hamilton-Ryker, “TalentGro”
Hamilton-Ryker recently launched TalentGro to offer apprenticeship programs and virtual reality training to address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry. The staffing agency also partnered with the University of Tennessee to offer soft skills training to deliver a more prepared temporary workforce on the job. Hamilton-Ryker clients that used the soft skills training realized a 40-% increase in the number of temporary employees who complete their assignments and a 33-% reduction in turnover. And since it installed virtual reality forklift training for one manufacturing client in Tupelo, MS, Hamilton-Ryker is better able to assess applicants’ skills before placing them on assignments—resulting in a 20-% increase in applicant pass rate.

“The ASA Elevate Awards pay tribute to U.S. staffing agencies that are creatively handling the skills gap, lack of qualified candidates, and backlog of open requisitions by focusing on enhancing the skills of their current temporary and contract workforce,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The goal of this new professional recognition program is to place the most innovative work-based learning programs in the spotlight to encourage other staffing agencies to follow by example and launch their own programs to help address these critical talent challenges.”

The Elevate Award winners will be celebrated on Oct. 18 at a recognition ceremony during Staffing World® 2018 in metro Washington, DC.

To learn more about the ASA Elevate Awards program, visit americanstaffing.net/elevate.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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