Outplacement services help former employees transition to new jobs and are achieved usually through practical advice, training materials, and workshops. Rapid Response services are a proactive and business-focused program designed to assist companies facing potential layoffs or closures. The Rapid Response Team provides early assistance to help avert potential layoffs and immediate services to assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response services are tailored to each company based on the needs of the affected employees.
The Rapid Response Team works with the employer to minimize the disruptions associated with job losses. Additionally, the Rapid Response Team will work with affected workers to provide important information and services that enhance re-employment opportunities, including career counseling and job search assistance; resume preparation and interviewing skills workshops; unemployment insurance; and information about education and training opportunities. When possible and with the employer’s approval, Workforce Santa Cruz County (WSCC) will coordinate a mini-job fair at the worksite for affected staff to network with other employers hiring for similar positions. Rapid Response services can lower unemployment insurance costs by helping affected staff with their next step to re-employment.
Rapid Response orientations last 30-45 minutes, depending on questions. The orientations are offered virtually or in-person at the worksite and are available in English and Spanish. It can take between one and two weeks to schedule the event with the Rapid Response Team.