OKCís CareerTech system is providing retraining opportunities during the pandemic

Published: Monday, July 20, 2020 By: Marcus Elwell Source: VeloCity

The negative effects of COVID-19 on employment across the nation has been staggering. Even in Oklahoma City, where job opportunity is typically robust, the job market has not been immune to the pressure of the pandemic.

“We’ve entered into relatively uncharted territory in our regional job market, due to the economic downturn and the pandemic. The fallout from these two factors have drastically changed the job landscape,” said Lee Copeland, director of talent and business growth for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “There are many displaced workers who will likely not return to the industries and jobs they left because those jobs may not exist any longer.”

Copeland said that even workers who have been able to stay with their current companies are being asked to adapt to new work environments and take on new skills.

“With the rise in remote-working, more companies are looking for talent that can be nimble enough to incorporate their skills while harnessing technology, even without prior work experience in that specific industry,” said Copeland.

To help employees or job seekers who need to pivot their skills to a new industry, Oklahoma’s expansive CareerTech system is already on the frontlines of helping retool and retrain Oklahoma’s workforce.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

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