Workforce Solutions Borderplex and its partners, Prudential Financial, Inc. and Tropicana Homes, were recognized and awarded at the 22nd Annual Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Conference in Houston, Texas.
In recognition for its outstanding workforce programs, Workforce Solutions Borderplex was awarded the Texas HireAbility Award for their dynamic “Unlocking Opportunities” outreach campaign, along with a check for $30,000 to use to support its programs and services.
The Texas HireAbility Award honors a Local Workforce Development Board that has successfully promoted employment opportunities for talented and dedicated Texans with disabilities. WSB launched an uplifting outreach campaign that promoted the hiring of individuals with disabilities entitled “DisAbility Friendly Employer”, by using the statement – “A job seeker with disabilities has potential; consider unlocking the opportunities” as the mantra and cornerstone of this effort.
WSB’s goal was to create a different frame of mind when connecting employers with job seekers with disabilities. The campaign served to educate employers on inclusion and diversity in the workplace; with 1,274 individuals with disabilities, 370 veterans with disabilities, and 100 youth with disabilities all securing employment.
TWC Chair, Ruth R. Hughes, honored the Employer of the Year award winners.
“I am proud to recognize these Texas employers through this year’s nomination for Employer of the Year Award for the value they place in their communities by promoting strong economic growth, and for their commitment to hiring our veterans,” stated Hughes. “These exemplary private-sector finalists demonstrate excellence and contribute to our thriving economy and job growth, as well as setting new standards for Texas employers. TWC is honored to recognize their outstanding efforts and achievements.”
The El Paso branch of Prudential Financial, Inc. received the highly-coveted Veteran-Friendly Employer of the Year award in recognition of their outstanding efforts to recruit and hire veterans, significantly impacting the Borderplex region and the state.
Prudential Financial Inc. has a long-standing commitment to and history of supporting the US military and its veterans. Since opening its office in El Paso in 2014, Prudential has built a workforce made up of 49% veterans and military spouses, and has made notable achievements to impact veterans’ employment, to give back to the community, and to share best practices through strategic partnerships.
Prudential is proud to be part of the diverse El Paso community, providing career opportunities for veterans and military spouses in Texas and around the world. Prudential recognizes that military talent brings unique qualities and experiences to their organization that strengthens the overall organizational collaboration and innovation.
Tropicana Homes was awarded as an Employer of Excellence, as TWC honors one private-sector employer in each local workforce development area that is actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and recognizes that said employer has, as a customer and collaborator with the Local Workforce Development Board, created and used innovative approaches that have benefited the local economy and workforce significantly.
Four-time winner of the Builder of the Year Award by the El Paso Association of Builders, Tropicana Homes has made a tremendous impact on the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (Borderplex) – YouthBuild program. Tropicana Homes provides youth with valuable mentorship, work experience, and hands-on employment opportunities.
At Tropicana Homes’ construction sites, YouthBuild participants fully employ the skills they are taught in their training courses in a real-world setting. Without the dedicated partnership and commitment to the youth of this program, WSB’s YouthBuild initiative would not be the program it has evolved into since its inception.
TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas said “Tropicana Homes deserves applause this year for its efforts in partnering with Workforce Solutions Borderplex to create amazing opportunities for Texas workers and communities.”
“Congratulations to our finalists, who show great commitment for supporting local communities and to their employees while providing growth in a constructive work setting,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.
“These companies embody the dedication to the Texas workforce with the ongoing commitment to training efforts and workforce advancements. These employers exemplify TWC’s mission to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.”
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. Workforce Solutions Borderplex,
Workforce Boards throughout the state of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission and workforce system partners work together to respond to the needs of employers and workers through skills training, job search assistance, and other workforce support services.
The TWC Conference was held on November 28 and 29, 2018.