The South Arkansas Human Resources Association (SAHRA) will host a “lunch and learn” noon Wednesday at SouthArk East Campus, 3696 East Main Street, El Dorado.

This event is free. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday to

Topics for discussion will include flexible hiring awareness, presented by Carrie Williams and Kim Sharp, and operator/assembler pre-apprenticeship program, presented by Steve Sparks.

The SHARE Foundation and Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) will be speaking about the benefits of becoming a flexible hiring employer. There will be an overview of the program, and information on the Ban the Box Campaign along with tax benefits to those with flexible hiring practices. The group will hear from employers who have successfully implemented flexible hiring practices.

The Arkansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with Tooling U – SME and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) have created an entry level training program designed and validated by industry to convey essential skills required by employers when hiring entry level employees.

This training program can be delivered using various flexible scheduled delivery periods. The total length of the program is 96-100 clock hours. Training is delivered using on-line modules, classroom discussion and hands-on training. Students must be able to successfully demonstrate skills learned within this program prior to completion.

The program can be utilized for entry level employees to ensure they have adequate skill sets to perform job functions they are responsible for or can be used as a pre-apprenticeship training tool to ensure that the individuals that would like to enter an apprenticeship program are adequately prepared to engage in the advanced learning required in an apprenticeship program. It will be available through the community colleges in high demand areas throughout the state.

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