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Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County

ANT Furnace

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Workforce Challenge

All New Technologies, Inc. (ANT Furnace) is an Oxnard company that provides equipment for materials thermal processing. The company’s owner knew what steps were necessary to grow the business, but he was struggling to find employees with the level of experience needed. Also, because the company does a lot of government projects, employees had to be familiar with compliance issues.

Workforce Solution

Owner Eric Gisonno contacted the Job & Career Center (JCC) after his wife heard a local radio spot highlighting free JCC employer services. Raul Ornelas, a JCC account executive, introduced Eric to our employer recruitment, candidate screening and training opportunities, including the Workforce Investment Act on-the-job training program that underwrites training costs. Now, whenever ANT has a job opening, Raul works with Eric to help meet his staffing needs.

Outcomes & Benefits

ANT has hired four employees through the JCC and has taken advantage of the on-the-job training program which helps bring employees up to speed on the business. One of ANT’s recent hires was Richard Beckley, a mechanical designer who had been laid off from his previous job. Rick’s extensive experience was not aligned with ANT’s needs. Using OTJ training support, Eric developed a plan for Rick to learn the required software. After training, Rick began a fulltime position at ANT.

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