Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Commending champions Shakopee firms recognized by Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board

Shutterfly and CoreStaff Services, both located in Shakopee each received 2015 Business Champion Awards at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board's (WIB) annual legislative and awards event Dec. 11. The Business Champion Award recognizes an outstanding company that uses WorkForce Center services such as job fairs, job postings or training.
Shutterfly, a well-known national company, leads the market in digital personalized photo products and services. The firm began construction of their Shakopee location in fall 2013. This major business location in Scott County quickly became a significant and highly-visible economic development initiative. They have approximately 200 permanent employees in Shakopee with another 400-600 seasonal positions each year.
Corestaff Services, also a national organization, is Shutterfly's on-site business partner responsible for hiring 5,000 associates throughout Shutterfly, including hundreds of the in-demand, seasonal positions in Shakopee. Examples of those positions include:  administrative, press operators, assistant techs, shipping, customer care, product design and production. To ensure there was workforce available to fulfill the needs within the Shutterfly building, the organizations used a multi-phased approach to recruit talent which included active involvement with WorkForce Center services such as area job fairs, hiring events, online job postings and working with business service representatives.   
Bill Schwartz, Manager for MRCI (an organization focused on rehabilitation of adults by providing innovative employment programs) notes, "Since Shutterfly opened its doors in Shakopee nearly two years ago, they have been a supportive partner with MRCI in our mutual quest to bring people to employment. They have been receptive to contracting with MRCI to bring a crew of four to work in their kitchen and break areas and have supported several direct hires (some of whom progressed through the crew model) into their company as typical employees hired to do typical jobs with typical wages and benefits. Shutterfly has worked closely with MRCI's Placement Team in Shakopee to properly align individuals with employment needs enrolled in our Progression of Services Model which uses a person-centered philosophy and has brought real jobs to folks in an integrated setting.  MRCI is grateful to Shutterfly for their innovative thinking and creative problem solving as they create strategies to address business needs that are mutually beneficial to the needs of persons with disabilities."
Shutterfly is also involved with ensuring they have skilled workers by partnering with Inver Hills Community College to provide special training on safety, leadership, lean practices and customer services and with  the Shakopee School District and St. Francis Regional Medical Center on an innovative "CAPS" pilot program, which provides students with real-world on-site work experience. 

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