Program aims to address barriers to employment in Fairfield County by providing additional transportation options
The Area 20 Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Mid West Fabricating, has launched a vanpool pilot program aimed at addressing transportation barriers to employment in Fairfield County.
As one of the largest manufacturers in the area, Mid West Fabricating is working to attract and retain a skilled workforce by providing additional transportation options for employees and potential hires. With this six-month pilot program, partners hope to demonstrate how vanpooling can serve as a rural solution for transportation issues faced by many businesses in Fairfield and surrounding counties.
The South Central Ohio Workforce Partnership serves as the Area 20 Workforce Development Board. The Board is responsible for overseeing disbursement of funds for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Area 20 is comprised of Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross, and Vinton counties. The Partnership sets policies on how funding is used for adults, dislocated workers, and youth that are eligible for WIOA funds. This funding is used for training and placement of individuals with local employers.
Companies across the US are increasingly implementing vanpool program to help with their recruitment and retention of employees. Employers have cited flexibility, ease of use, and affordability are the main reasons for the growing popularity of vanpool programs. Many regions such as Central Ohio offer grants to help off-set the cost of vanpooling.
For more information on vanpooling or assistance contact the Gohio Commute team at 1.888.742.7433 (RIDE) or visit the Gohio Commute to learn more.