City Council Member Darius Brown Furthers His Working Neighborhoods Agenda Urging Citizens to Obtain Jobs Skills Training

Posted on  12/12/2013 4:15 pm

On the heels of a local News Journal article—Where Are The Jobs?—which focused attention on a shrinking pool of middle income jobs in Delaware, Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown held a news conference today at City Hall in Wilmington entitled “Better Skills, Better Pay” to urge citizens to obtain job skills and training which could afford them increased employment opportunities and higher pay. Brown was joined at the news conference by Council President Theo Gregory and Council Member At-Large Michael A. Brown, Sr.

“Governor Markell said it succinctly and correctly in the recent newspaper article that those with the least amount of skills have the hardest time finding work,” said Brown. “We can do something about this by urging job seekers to learn new skills or hone their existing skills which could give them an edge in the job market. I am grateful to the three job training organizations that have joined me today because together, I know we can help citizens find better paying jobs so they can better support themselves and their families.”

Council Member Brown, who represents the 3rd Council District covering most of Wilmington’s Eastside, is a member of City Council’s Community & Economic Development committee. He has used that platform and others to promote more employment opportunities for his constituents since taking office in late 2012.

Representatives of the local job skill training programs— Eric Wells from the Delaware Skills Center, Paul Morris from Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs and Andrew McKnight from the Challenge Program—spoke at today’s news conference and explained what their programs can provide to citizens and how those offering can assist their search for better paying jobs.

“Helping put Wilmingtonians back to work is my New Year's resolution and it begins with job skills and training,” said Brown. “According to the Delaware Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Market Information, the city of Wilmington’s unemployment rate has been at 10% or more for each month of 2013. The Working Neighborhoods effort is a way to leverage the assets of the Delaware Skills Center and The Challenge Program along with the Stanton/Wilmington Campus of Delaware Technical Community College’s Corporate and Community Programs Division to help residents become employable in the current job market.”

Brown said the Working Neighborhoods plan focuses on a comprehensive approach to job creation and economic stability to provide pathways out of poverty for city residents via job readiness. The Council Member said we are in a knowledge-based economy that demands the government match workforce and industry trends in the City with policies and programs to create the new labor force we need in Wilmington.

Throughout 2013 Council member Brown sponsored legislation passed by Council to support economic competitiveness and workforce development including the creation of the City to Work Registry. Brown’s Work Registry requires the City’s Human Resources Department to regularly send the applications of unsuccessful job candidates for City government openings to local temporary work agencies in the hopes that these candidates will find employment through the private agencies.

NOTE: More information is available about local job training programs by visiting Delaware Technical Community College at www.dtcc.edu, The Challenge Program at www.challengeprogram.org or the Delaware Skills Center at www.deskillscenter.org