Employment services

Employment services

Businesses need skilled, committed employees.
People with skills and commitment need employment.
We work both sides of the hiring market to connect the two.

We start at the beginning

We work with prospective employers to assess their needs. And we match trainees’strengths to actual job requirements, to be sure those needs will be met.

We follow through right to the end

We don’t just place workers—we follow up and track their progress on the job.We ask employers for feedback on every new hire, and we act on that feedback.

We meet specialized needs

From the 1,000 Jobs Campaign to South Chicago Manufacturing Sector Workforce Coalition, we keep local businesses—and local economies—growing.

If you’re looking for employees who are ready and willing to get to work, call Vivienne Mason at (708) 283-5020 in suburban Chicago and Shelley Williams at (312)528-3500 in the City of Chicago. We can help you get the job done.

What is Retention Plus?

We are an onsite employer-based resource, designed to help employees overcome barriers that may prevent their employees from getting to and staying at work. This is accomplished through confidential, one-on-one coaching and utilization of our community-based resource network. Our Coaches/Navigators partner directly with employees to overcome challenges to a successful and productive life. Human resources, frontline supervisors and managers are also included in the process to conduct assessments, make recommendations and build on-going collaboration.

How can Retention Plus help my company?

The goal of Retention Plus is to help employers build a sustainable workforce, reduce turnover, and improve your company’s bottom line. The onsite Coach/Navigator provides coaching support, access to education, financial resources, training, and job retention services. Although the focus is on frontline employees, it is available for ALL employees.

How do I get started?

Contact our Manager of Retention Plus,  at Shawnita Meeky at (708) 283-5020  to schedule a meeting between human resources, frontline supervisors, and our professional Retention Plus team for a more in-depth look into our programs, services, and fees.

Benefits for EMPLOYERS | Building a Sustainable Workforce

Employers find this approach positively impacts their business through measurable improvements in:

  • Retention – fewer employees leave for other opportunities
  • Attendance – resolution of barriers helps employees get to work on time and every day
  • Utilization of existing benefits – Coaches help employees properly use manage employer provided benefits
  • HR teams spend less time trying to resolve employee’s non-work related challenges and difficulties
  • Employers gain access to knowledge and resources from the community; often gaining access to subsidized training or resources
  • Recruiting tool – Retention Plus is unlike most benefits offered by other companies

Benefits for EMPLOYEES | Access to resource, training, and coaching

Employees receive a personalized, confidential, 1:1 resource navigator to help them with life’s ups and downs:

  • The resource navigator helps employees quickly access a wide range of free or budget-conscious supportive services;
  • Financial coaching and education;
  • Assistance finding affordable housing, childcare, and transportation;
  • Career Coaching and Upskill Programs empower employees to succeed in the workplace;
  • Stress management.

Southland Jobs Collaborative

OAI is one of five organizations in metropolitan Chicago that are working collaboratively to identify employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector and match qualified candidates to those openings. We refer workers to hundreds of jobs throughout region and provide job placement assistance to job seekers in Chicago and Chicago Southland.

All Southland Jobs Collaborative openings are in manufacturing; all are full-time, permanent positions offering health benefits and meeting the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) wage requirements.

Who participates
Unemployed or underemployed individuals interested in manufacturing careers. Employers looking to hire skilled manufacturing workers.

Course work and credentials
As a host organization, OAI does not directly offer training or credentials; we refer job seekers who need such training to partner providers.

Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Southland

How to enroll
For placement assistance, email your resume to vmason@oaiinc.org or contact Vivienne Mason at (708) 283-5020

Funding partners
Polk Bros. Foundation
Bank of America