Rosina Food Products hosted a news conference introducing Live Well Erie County Workforce Development Pilot program at the Rosina University location in West Seneca.
The Living Well Erie Workforce Development Pilot Project is an innovative first of its kind comprehensive approach designed to help individuals currently working and receiving social service benefits overcome workforce barriers to transition into higher paying jobs. Many employees entering the workforce and currently in the workforce face a benefit “cliff” as their earnings increase, causing them to exceed eligibility limits for a variety of public programs and hindering their career goals. Supplemental support groups will provide the help employees and employers need for individuals enrolled in the Project to meet their family needs and to help them overcome workforce barriers so they may reach higher paying jobs and eventual need fewer or no public assistance. This program benefits an organization by providing quality candidates who become long term company leaders.
In attendance was Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Marie Cannon, Erie County Social Service Commissioner, Thomas Ulbrich, President & CEO Goodwill of Western New York, and John Zimmerman, Senior Vice President – Business Development - Rosina. All spoke about their companies or departments role with the new program and how it will benefit their organization and their employees.