While our apprentices are not generally an at-risk population for serious health concerns due to COVID-19, community spread of the outbreak is something we can all do our part in fighting. CareerWise relies on its education and employer partners to follow the guidance of qualified public health professionals and government officials to keep students, employees and their families safe. Many of our schools have already announced closures to facilitate social distancing and stem the spread of the outbreak.
CareerWise is in contact with apprentices to help them navigate the changing work and school environments as more employers turn to remote working and schools explore online coursework to limit community spread. An FAQ for apprentices and their families can be found HERE.
At this time, CareerWise Elkhart County is making plans to transition the hiring event scheduled for April 28th to virtual interviews scheduled by our employer partners. We will be working with partners and applicants to provide training, facilitation and technology as needed to ensure as many quality hires as possible this spring.
But, CareerWise is also acutely aware of the impact of the outbreak on the economic outlook for Indiana businesses. We are providing employers additional support in navigating the hiring cycle this spring, while also accommodating hiring into the summer months and our fall cycle as necessary.
The health of our community is important to us; as the situation evolves, we will continue to respond accordingly with the most current guidance of health officials.
Below are letters that we sent to our employer and education partners on March 17, 2020.
Email communication sent from CWEC to educators, parents, employers, and students
Greetings Apprentices, Parents, and Employers:
We are in an interesting time, currently with the COVID-19 pandemic. We, HEA, want to ensure that all are taking precautionary measures with social distancing and good hygiene.
In this case, we want to communicate to parents, apprentices, and employer that the decision to keep working at the apprenticeship site, is the decision between the parent, apprentice and employer. We understand that school is out and that can have an impact on the apprenticeship. When making a decision, We hope all individuals expectations are considered given the landscape we are in at the moment. Whatever the decision is, we ask that you share with us to keep us informed.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us!