Michael M. – Ready.Set.Work! Stories
Michael Meier is a 19-year Civil Service Veteran, having spent 11-years in the U.S. Air Force and 8-years in Federal Law Enforcement. Michael is highly organized, career focused and a goal-oriented professional with talent for adaptability, strategic planning, and problem solving. Michael joined the August Ready.Set.Work! Veteran’s cohort to fine-tune his resume, gain expert interview advice, network with local Rhode Island Veteran’s, and establish a foothold into the changing workforce.
When asked about Ready.Set.Work! , Michael said, “Ready.Set.Work! helped me reset my focus and dial in on the direction that I see my career going. This training brought inspirational tools and methods that will benefit my career goals and ambitions.” Michael recently was accepted into the September cohort of the Process Technician training, and looks forward to rebranding himself to a new career pathway.
SkillsRI Introduces WorkABILITY Initiative
SkillsRI Introduces WorkABILITY Initiative to Close the Gap for People with Disabilities in the Rhode Island Workforce
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, SkillsRI’s WorkABILITY initiative, piloted in partnership with Tiffany & Co. (Cumberland) and Cargill (North Kingstown), aims to help employers establish and meet their D&I goals
SkillsRI is thrilled to announce the launch of the WorkABILITY initiative to help break down employment barriers faced by people with disabilities across Rhode Island. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the WorkABILITY initiative aims to drive awareness around the untapped pool of talent of people with disabilities and support a more inclusive workforce in Rhode Island through consultative services that will help employers establish and meet their diversity and inclusion goals.
“Today, approximately 25 percent of the population in Rhode Island identifies as having an intellectual/developmental, mental health or physical disability. Unfortunately, this same population experiences a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment at approximately 80 percent. Research shows hiring people with WorkABILITY leads to higher rates of retention, increased productivity for employees, increased profitability, better company morale and much more. The WorkABILITY initiative aims to better educate employers and collaborate to build programs that support hiring for this untapped pool of talent.”
Nina Pande, Executive Director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future
Through SkillsRI’s WorkABILITY initiative, employers can:
- Access SkillsRI’s free consultative services to establish or meet diversity and inclusion goals, initiatives and education needs within their workforce
- Collaborate with SkillsRI’s team of hiring professionals to identify prescreened, uniquely qualified candidates to fill existing roles within an organization
- Build supported employment solutions and provide guidance in customizing roles as needed
- Access supportive services for candidates through SkillsRI’s broad network of community partners and providers
As part of the launch of this initiative, SkillsRI has partnered initially with Tiffany & Co. (Cumberland, RI) and Cargill (North Kingstown) to help offer candidates the opportunity for long-term, sustainable local opportunities.
SkillsRI’s WorkABILITY initiative is a result of a groundswell of support from the Person-Centered Supported Employment Performance Program (PCSEPP), a statewide initiative funded by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals aimed at building a more inclusive environment with better-integrated services for individuals with disabilities. The program, led by Perspectives Corporation, represents a collaborative partnership among provider agencies including SkillsRI, AccessPoint RI and the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center. WorkABILITY has also garnered the support of the State of RI Office of Rehabilitation Services.
“Perspectives Corporation, along with many employers from across our state, values the full inclusion of Rhode Islanders with disabilities in the workplace. At a time when employers are seeking committed talent, we are proud to partner with Skills for Rhode Island’s Future to connect job seekers with local businesses. Rhode Islanders with disabilities are ready to meet our hiring needs.”
-Kim Einloth, COO of Perspectives Corporation.
“CPNRI is thrilled with the launch of this initiative and we are eager to engage with SkillsRI alongside the many great employer partners. This is a long-awaited system-wide approach to advancing the interests of Rhode Islanders with disabilities in employment and creating a more inclusive community in our state.”
-Tina Spears, Executive Director of the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island
Employers interested in learning more about the WorkABILITY initiative and potentially getting involved can visit https://www.skillsforri.com/WorkABILITY.
Learn more about bringing WorkABILITY to your organization
Chartercare & SkillsRI Virtual Hiring Event
SkillsRI will be hosting a CharterCARE virtual hiring event that will focus on Certified Nursing Assistant’s interested in taking their career to the next level.
Specific components of the Mental Health Worker-CNA role include performing clinical skills and nursing procedures. Applicants should demonstrate clinical competence in the provision of direct patient care and technical assistance to the Health Care Team.
CharterCARE is hiring for St. Joseph Health Services Of Rhode Island in North Providence.
Register for a virtual interview time slot on September 21st from 11:30AM - 2:30PM to meet with a recruiter and expedite your process of joining CharterCARE.
Fidelity Investments Bringing 500 Jobs to Smithfield, RI
A pathway into financial services for all Rhode Islanders.
Fidelity Investments recently announced plans to bring 500 new jobs to their Smithfield, RI location. Together with Fidelity, SkillsRI is recruiting individuals with diverse backgrounds from across Rhode Island interested in an entry-level role with potential for career growth and advancement as a Customer Relationship Advocate.
From Woonsocket to Newport, Fidelity is Looking for You.
From the Classroom to Fidelity
• Graduating seniors in RI
• Interested in business or financial services
From Graduation to Fidelity
• Accounting & Finance Majors
• Business & Economics Majors
From Home to Fidelity
• Are you or have you been working remotely?
• Slowly transition back to an office with Fidelity
From Anywhere to Fidelity
• No finance experience? No problem.
• Fidelity is ready to invest in you
Learn More About the Role
Customer Relationship Advocate
Customer Relationship Advocate (CRA) is a position for people with a passion for assisting others. The CRA role is an integral part of a broader team that takes incoming calls from Fidelity’s customer base while addressing customer service issues.
Fidelity is looking for candidates who wish to gain financial expertise while growing professionally. Successful CRAs assist clients with a broad range of needs, including answering questions about their account balances to guide them to the appropriate resources. The goal remains consistent for all interactions: Help customers feel more confident about their financial decisions.
Earn Your Series 7 & Series 63 License with the Support of Fidelity
Fidelity will support you as you pursue your Series 7 license which will allow the license holder to sell all types of securities products except commodities and futures. The learning modules and exams cover investment risk, taxation, equity and debt instruments, packaged securities, options, and retirement plans.
Additionally, you will sit for your Series 63 license exam, which ensures you possess knowledge of ethical practices and fiduciary obligations. Learning modules cover the principles of state securities regulations and rules prohibiting dishonest or unethical practices.
About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity is widely known for their investment strategies and financial services, but it goes beyond that. Behind the success of their cutting-edge solutions and services are the dedicated, diverse advisors who guide their clients to achieve financial goals. With the support of SkillsRI, right now is your chance to get a foot-in-the-door with this major Rhode Island employer located in Smithfield, RI.
Voted as one of the best places to work by their own employees, Fidelity allows its advisors to take advantage of development programs, mentoring and access to a rich network of resources that grow your value and your technical skills as a professional. Whether your background has been in customer service, planning, tech, processing or analytics, there are several opportunities that we’re currently offering that could be the perfect pivot for the next step in your own career advancement!
Apply online or call SkillsRI at 401-680-5960 to learn more about a role with Fidelity!
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