As one of the 22 schools in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Augusta Technical College (ATC) is ready to help students use the new Labor Exchange Platform (LEP).
The platform, announced on Nov. 21 by Gov. Brian Kemp, is part of the state’s WorkSource Georgia program, which is administered by TCSG’s Office of Workforce Development.
ATC President, Dr. Jermaine Whirl said they are waiting for some final instructions from the state to create portal access on the school’s website.
“That information will be housed under our Career Services umbrella, as well as our economic development division. Those two areas are normally where we send prospective students and our alumni and our current students for information,” he explained. “It will hyperlink them to WorkSource Georgia’s website, and they can get access to it that way.”
The LEP will provide students in TCSG’s schools with access to job listings, training resources, and career services. It will also serve as a portal for businesses to simplify job postings and facilitate connections with qualified job seekers.
One of Augusta’s newest corporate citizens is looking forward to using the LEP to help fill the hundreds of jobs that will be available.
“I think it’d be a great opportunity to just put our jobs in a central location where applicants will have the opportunity to view multiple employers at one time and make a decision on our benefits or job descriptions or job titles,” said Nicole Williams, lead recruiter for Aurubis Richmond. “I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to streamline the online recruitment platform.”
Aurubis Richmond is currently under construction in the Augusta Corporate Park off Mike Padgett Highway. Ultimately, the $690 million facility, which is being built in two phases, will need about 250 employees when construction is finished on both projects.
Based in Germany, Aurubis recycles copper, precious metals, and non-ferrous materials nationwide. It will produce materials found in lithium-ion batteries.
“I think all of our companies are reaching out already. So, we’re having those discussions about how we can make it seamless,” said Whirl. “Again, this is a state system, but we want to ensure that our local individuals can utilize it and maximize the use of it. Aurubis is just one great example. Ensuring that we can assist them wherever they need help.”
Williams said they will work with Augusta Tech to determine how to implement the process of using the LEP. They want to be sure they are visible to all applicants, adding their relationship with Augusta Tech gives them confidence in applicants coming through the system.
“It’s very important and helpful because we already know that number one, they already have the educational background that we’re looking for and that they’re eager to work. So that’s definitely a benefit,” Williams said.
Georgia’s Labor Exchange Platform is available at: www.worksourcegaportal.com.
In addition to the portal, Aurubis is accepting applications on its website at https://www.aurubis.com/en/career/jobs.