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Organically Grown

Workforce Challenge

Organically Grown Company experienced rapid growth, which led to challenges with foundational technology skills and efficient work practices within departments. The company felt they needed to take a fresh look at their organization and train key staff members in some foundational skill areas to get caught up so that they will be positioned appropriately when the economy turns around.

Workforce Solution

With a matching grant obtained through the Employer Workforce Training Funds, Organically Grown was able to fund a variety of staff training including:
Technology Training: Produce Pro Software Training: Level I & II
Technology Training: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access
Organizational Development Project Training for Supervisors and Managers in Job & Competency Modeling
Problem Solving & Decision Making Training for key employees
Project Management Training for key employees

Outcomes & Benefits

The training dollars Organically Grown received through the Workforce Investment Act have been important in helping to build their infrastructure in preparation for future company growth. Their management and employees were grateful for the opportunity to build their staff skills and expertise. They continue to work on defining career paths for their employees, from entry-level warehousing positions on up through the organization. Their goal is to improve their percentage of internal promotions from the 70% to 90% by 2012.


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